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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 South Korea


While not very consistant and somewhat far from cities, there are waves to be had on both the west and east coast. The surf here can get good-- very good. But believe me, it's SUPER RARE. I mean, really, really rare. Even when a sweet, fat typhoon rolls up from down near Guam, there's no guarentee that the waves will work anywhere on the coast. There are only a handful of semi-decent spots on the entire island and all of them are extremely fickle. The most consistent is Jungmun-- I mean, it has the most consistent slop and rarely has any shape at all. And, as recently more and more Koreans have bought boards and proclaimed themselves Princes of the Sandbox (ie, the zoo that is known as Jungmun beach), the vibe isn't very mellow anymore.

Anyway, there are a few powerful reef breaks dotted around the island. As I mentioned, they are very fickle but occasionally very good.

Location: Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea
Geographic coordinates: 38° 30' N, 127° 9' E
Coastline km: 2,413 km km
Climate: temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter
Terrain: mostly hills and mountains; wide coastal plains in west and south
Natural hazards: occasional typhoons bring high winds and floods; low-level seismic activity common in southwest
Currency: South Korean won (KRW)
Languages: Korean

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Quality Direction Type Frequ Experience
38th Parallel 17 / -
Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
Busan - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Garbage pile 1 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Gyongpo Beach - / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Hae un dae 2 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Haewoondae - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Hagampo - starfish 3 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Jeju Island - Jungmun Beach 3 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky All surfers
Jukdo Beach 5 / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Jumunjin 3 / -
Right and left breakwater/jetty All surfers
Kangjeong - / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Pros or kamikaze only...
NamYeol - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
North Sokcho 4 / -
Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
Olders (baeksook village) - / -
Right and left Reef-rocky All surfers
Paradise Peak 1 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Sokcho 3 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Song Jung Beach 1 / -
Right and left Beach-break Beginners wave
Songdojin-ni 3 / -
Right breakwater/jetty All surfers
SurfyyBeach front - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers


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