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RE: surfing in South Korea« on: August 22 2007 01:08:00 »
hi im peruvian in jeju--corea.
somebody now where are the waves here..if they are
RE: surfing in South Korea« Reply #1 on: September 09 2007 17:09:00 »
I live in Korea, surfed all my life, living in Australia, Hawaii, West and East Coast U.S. I've surfed other places as well. Korea is the lease surf-friendly place I've known. Problem is .. the authorities (and there are plenty of them from lifeguards to police to some guy who just appoints himself the "keeper of the sea") all seem to have an aversion to anyone entering the water when there are waves. Everytime I have gone out in the East Sea (Sea of Japan),
RE: surfing in South Korea« Reply #2 on: September 09 2007 17:09:00 »
I have had lifeguards or police chase me on jet skis, swim out and guide me in, take my name and particulars. Last week I was out in about 10-12 storm surf; a little edgy but the wind was light off-shore and the rip was tolerable. It took some doing to get out; at least no Korean lifeguard I'd ever seen could swim out through the shore break. Because of the season (post summer) there were no lifeguards posted. But once I was out, they appeared from ?? After playing for about an hour, a coast guard helicopter appeared to "rescue" me.
RE: surfing in South Korea« Reply #3 on: September 09 2007 17:09:00 »
Before they could deploy, I was on the beach and talking with the cops. The most English-fluent guy was understanding. He said, "I know this is your sport, but you make us upset." I wonder if they are upset with the thousands of skiers and snowboarders that risk their necks every winter on the Korean slopes or the bungy-jumping enthusiasts (some of whom have died here) in the pursuit of thrill. Understanding aside, they would not let me back in the water; even though last year the same beach hosted an international windsurfing event to gain global presence.
RE: surfing in South Korea« Reply #4 on: September 09 2007 17:09:00 »
This kinda junk happens every time I try to surf the East or South Coasts of the peninsula. If a typhoon ever passes between Korea and China mainland, then the West Coast will kick up some decent lines... shoulder to head high only on the Taehan Peninsula. Though everyone says that the West Coast is too shallow too far out to maintain a wave, enough energy will generate one. Surfing Korea is a challenge like nowhere else I have ever been, even the Devil's Beach break in Shark's Bay in Panama
RE: surfing in South Korea« Reply #5 on: September 27 2007 00:09:00 »
Thanx for the reply Hunter, i went to hyundi beach last month and there must have been twenty thousand people on the beach under umbrellas and there was a 3-4ft right breaking infront of the aquarium with no one near it, if i had an eski lid i would have been out there,so when i got home (west oz) i made a new board to leave over here as im here 4 weeks home 4 weeks ect , planning to have a paddle this weekend. lifegaurds police and helicopters chasing surfers out of the water sounds crazy , thanx for the heads up Q .. i,d really like to see and even help some groms over here get into surfing.
RE: surfing in South Korea« Reply #6 on: October 18 2007 16:10:00 »
hey dude, im cruzing out there in a few mounths. need to know if theres any waves worth packing up my boards. if you or anyone could help me out on the info.
RE: surfing in South Korea« Reply #7 on: November 15 2007 19:11:00 »
my buddy and i are stationed at camp carrol and dieing to surf! ( got withdraws) how do we get there and about how much are the boards. also is there a web cam that we could checkout to know when there is swell?
RE: surfing in South Korea« Reply #8 on: November 19 2007 17:11:00 »
I'd have to agree with Q. Been surfing Korea for two years now and have to say that it does test the mettle. Distances, concrete over points and the beach "patrol" do add a twist to get to the waves. But naming new spots does has some appeal. The best areas are: West Sea, Malipo area, east sea, on the road to sockcho there are a few rivermouth rights; north of pohung, chilpo and areas to the south of chilpo; and the beach breaks south of Okgye are ok on smaller days, South is Busan, Haeundae and seungjong; and jeju south and west coast. Learn to read the wave models and you can get some waves. A lot of work and just never quite right, but something to pass the time and get you to see places youd otherwise not.
RE: surfing in South Korea« Reply #9 on: February 18 2008 03:02:00 »
Saw the post about Chilpo, and was wondering if someone can kick start me in the right direction for travel up there ... What Bus to take, any surf shops I can rent a board & wetsuit at, etc ... Mahaloz! Kamsa Hamnida!