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When Portuguese sailors stumbled upon Taiwan in 1547, they named it ?Ilha Formosa? meaning ?Beautiful Island?. Taiwan is only 160km (100mi) from the mainland where the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) have ruled since winning the civil war against the Republic of China (ROC) in 1949. The ROC government withdrew to Taiwan and continue to dispute the political rights of the PRC and maintain some sovereignty over Taiwan and the 90 small islands of Penghu (Pescadores). Despite the confusing situation, surfing in Taiwan has a long history and surf arrives from a generous 225° swell window hitting all sides of the island. US soldiers were the first to ride the north coast beach of Jin Shan in 1965 and local pioneers like Mao Guh and his brothers ignored the Taoist suspicions of the sea and government ban on access to the ocean, to take up surfing. Mao Guh opened the original and still popular Jeff's Surf Shop near Honeymoon Bay and with the lifting of Martial Law in 1987, surfing clubs popped up across the island and Jung Wen-Chen, founder of R.O.C Surfing Association, estimates that there could be 25,000 people riding waves across Taiwan. While coast guard towers are more interested in illegal immigrants landing by boat, when typhoon swells hit, the main beaches will be closed and surfing is still illegal along the coast south of Hualien. A steep central mountain range means the east coast is much less developed than the overcrowded west coast, which makes Taiwan second only to Bangladesh in population density.
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13 - 23°C
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17 - 27°C
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22 - 30°C
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23 - 31°C
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21 - 30°C
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15 - 26°C
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+ SE typhoon & NE monsoon swells
+ Large tropical island
+ Powerful beachbreaks & left points
+ Cheap, easy access from Asia
+ Beautiful east coast
- No world-class breaks
- Suffocating summer heat
- Densely populated Taipei
- Risk of destructive typhoons
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Guide icon Forecast icon Hualien Star 1ft 10secs 95° 1mph Clear No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Taitung Grey Star 2.5ft 10secs 89° 9mph Clear No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Wushi 1ft 10secs 87° 9mph Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - SE North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon PD SPOT(Windmill) Star 3ft 8secs 207° 11mph Mostly Cloudy No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Dashi 1ft 10secs 87° 9mph Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - SE North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Gongs Star 1ft 10secs 95° 1mph Clear No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 10
2
NE - SE North Westerly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Jialeshuei Grey Star 3ft 8secs 207° 11mph Mostly Cloudy No Reports Available. No Data Available Sand 8
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NE - SE Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Nanwan Grey Star 3ft 8secs 207° 11mph Mostly Cloudy No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef and Sand 8
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SE - SW North Westerly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Baishawan 2.5ft 4secs 108° 18mph Clear No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Jici Beach Grey Star 1.5ft 10secs 93° 5mph Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - SE Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Fongbin Grey Star 1.5ft 10secs 93° 5mph Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 8
2
N - SE Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Fulong Beach 1ft 10secs 87° 9mph Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - E South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Shalun 2.5ft 4secs 108° 9mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Jin Shan 2.5ft 4secs 108° 9mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - SE South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Sunyatsen Beach Star 2ft 8secs 216° 2mph Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 4
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SW - NW Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Sanshuei 1ft 7secs 208° 3mph Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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SE - SW Northerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Bashien Dong Grey Star 1.5ft 10secs 91° 5mph Clear No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Boulders 8
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N - E North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Chu Nan 0ft 0secs 0° 5mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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SW - N North Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Cheng Gong Star 1.5ft 10secs 91° 9mph Clear No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Dead Coral 8
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E - SE North Easterly All Tides