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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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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Hualien Star Star Star Star 10.5ft 12secs 154° 5mph Cloudy No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Taitung Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star 11.5ft 11secs 150° 30mph Rain No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Wushi Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star 10ft 12secs 155° 29mph Cloudy 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 Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star 26ft 13secs 182° 53mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Dashi Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star 10ft 12secs 155° 29mph Cloudy No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - SE North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Gongs Star Star Star Star 10.5ft 12secs 154° 5mph Cloudy 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 Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star 26ft 13secs 182° 53mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. No Data Available Sand 8
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NE - SE Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Nanwan Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star 26ft 13secs 182° 53mph Heavy Thunderstorms 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 Grey Star Grey Star 6.5ft 9secs 20° 31mph Thunderstorms No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Jici Beach Star Star Star 11ft 11secs 152° 9mph Cloudy No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - SE Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Fongbin Star Star Star 11ft 11secs 152° 9mph Cloudy No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 8
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N - SE Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Fulong Beach Star Star Star Grey Star 10ft 12secs 155° 29mph Cloudy No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - E South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Shalun Grey Star Grey Star 6.5ft 9secs 20° 22mph Cloudy No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Jin Shan Grey Star Grey Star 6.5ft 9secs 20° 22mph Cloudy No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - SE South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Sunyatsen Beach Star Grey Star 6.5ft 8secs 0° 26mph Rain No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 4
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SW - NW Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Sanshuei Star Star Grey Star 4ft 12secs 167° 38mph Rain No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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SE - SW Northerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Bashien Dong Star Star 8ft 11secs 141° 9mph Cloudy No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Boulders 8
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N - E North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Chu Nan Star Star 7.5ft 9secs 16° 6mph Overcast 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 Star Star Star 8ft 11secs 141° 21mph Overcast No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Dead Coral 8
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E - SE North Easterly All Tides