Huang Guang Chen wrote:Well, the thing about surfing is that you are putting yourself in water that is typically difficult for swimming, so you really should be a very confident swimmer before diving in. I really can't count the number of people I've pulled out of the water that didn't count on this, and if it weren't for me and others, they would be most certainly dead now.
First step, go to the beach and watch for a long while. You'll work it out. As to who's wave, if you end up with Bubba's board up your arse then you probably "dropped in."
Knowing how to swim isn't a requirement here is Taiwan. There aren't any lifeguards and I doubt many people here know how to swim or do CPR so you're responsible for yourself. I've saved enough people in this lifetime to chalk up enough Karma points that I could go on a murder spree and still come up ahead. (See dropping in at the bottom)
A lot of the surf shops here will give you an intro lesson (on the beach) on how to stand up. 95% of being successful in surfing is paddling. If you can paddle your ass off all day you'll be okay. Start with a soft board, made of foam, which will minimize injury to yourself and others around you. Learn to "turtle" your board and don't throw your board over waves. I got hit on the back with a 10 footer that some high school kid threw over a wave and had a huge bruise on my back. I grabbed the leash of his board and reeled him in with the intent of a quickly and quietly drowning him with it. Instead I gave him a stern lecture and told him to watch me surf for an hour before coming back in the water.
There isn't much courtesy on the waves here, so, yes, I will knock you off the wave if you snake me,
(cut in on my wave as I'm riding) *See HGC's reference to Bubba.
The Northern swell is here so I'd check the south beaches-I'm going tomorrow to Wu Shr Gang and south jetty has crowds of newbies this time of year surfing and renting boards from the winter camps set up on the beach.The waves are usually blow out after 12 so get there early. Last Thursday there were 30 people-yes I head counted them-in the south jetty riding the easy wave there.
If you don't mind the cold, it's great surfing for a beginner. You'll need a wet suit until about March, then the water is great until November and warm enough to just need a rash guard. Warm water is one of the advantages of surfing here.
Jinshan, Daxi, Wu Shr Gang are popular in the summer and fall. VERY popular in the last 7 years -so be ready for crowds. Other surf spots you can find yourself cause I ain't gonna tell ya.
Stay away from Typhoon swells, and don't ride anything you have trouble paddling into. The current can get strong on the days before a typhoon hits. If you are riding on a "beginners" wave most of them will be "party" waves-which is like what you saw in those miserable "Gidget" movies in Malibu where 50 people are riding the same wave straight into shore. So go for it.
I'd surf with some who knows and cares about you, the other option is wearing a light life-vest, don't worry about looking like a kook because 98% of the surfers here are riding pink boards fixed with duct tape and sporting fucked up haircuts and fake pucca shell necklaces they've seen in Japanese surfing magazines.
So in the kingdom of the freaks nothing is uncool.
There isn't any localism here like in most surf spots, (except for maybe by me
) so it's a comfortable place to learn.
If you are an attractive, young, single female feel free to PM me for private lessons.