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Shikoku Surfing

Japan > Kochi Prefecture
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The islands of Japan are strung out across the NW corner of the wave rich Pacific, yet very few surfers will ever visit these interesting shores. The cost factor is enough to put most people off, but add in heavy crowds, intense industrialisation, an utterly alien culture and inconsistent waves, then it's hardly surprising that few foreign surfers ever make the effort. For those who have enough money and can handle the flat spells, then Japan can be a rewarding surf destination. Amongst the best places in the country to head for is Shikoku, Japan's fourth largest island. Shikoku is made up of four provinces and exudes quintessential Japan; water gardens full of temples, traditional fishing harbours, and crystal clear rivers meandering through open countryside. The exposed SE facing coastline crosses the Kochi and Tokushima provinces, where the abundant rainfall feeds numerous rivers. When these rivers spill into the sea, they help to form decent sandbanks for the typhoon generated swells to break on, resulting in some grinding righthand rivermouth breaks.
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3 - 12°C
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8 - 18°C
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16 - 25°C
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23 - 30°C
boardshorts
18 - 26°C
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6 - 16°C
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+ World class rivermouth waves
+ Warm water in the surf season
+ Laid back ambience
+ Amazing cultural season
- Inconsistent rivermouth swells
- Flat winters
- Relatively wet climate
- Very high living cost
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Kaifu River Star 1ft 10secs 93° 8mph Sunny No Reports Available. No Data Available Boulders 12
4
NE - S North Westerly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Ikumihama Star 1ft 10secs 94° 8mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
2
NE - S Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Niyodo Star Grey Star 3.5ft 10secs 201° 6mph Sunny No Reports Available. No Data Available Boulders No Data Available
No Data Available
SE - S Northerly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Monabe Star Grey Star 3.5ft 10secs 201° 6mph Sunny No Reports Available. No Data Available Boulders No Data Available
No Data Available
SE - S Northerly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Shishikui Grey Star 4ft 10secs 208° 8mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand No Data Available
No Data Available
NE - S North Westerly Low Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Teba Grey Star 4ft 10secs 208° 8mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef No Data Available
No Data Available
NE - S North Westerly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Uchizuma Grey Star 4ft 10secs 208° 8mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 4
2
NE - S North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Yasuda Star Grey Star 3.5ft 10secs 201° 6mph Sunny No Reports Available. No Data Available Boulders No Data Available
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SE - S North Easterly Low Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Osaki Star 2.5ft 10secs 199° 6mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Boulders and Sand No Data Available
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NE - S Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Hirano beach Star 3ft 10secs 197° 4mph Sunny No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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