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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 Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star 22.5ft 12secs 154° 22mph Thunderstorms 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 16.5ft 9secs 194° 34mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Wushi Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star 24ft 13secs 142° 49mph Rain No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - SE North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon PD SPOT(Windmill) Grey Star Grey Star 14ft 8secs 247° 44mph Rain 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 24ft 13secs 142° 49mph Rain No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - SE North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Gongs Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star 22.5ft 12secs 154° 22mph Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 10
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NE - SE North Westerly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Jialeshuei Star Grey Star 14ft 8secs 247° 44mph Rain 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 14ft 8secs 247° 44mph Rain 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 Star Grey Star Grey Star 19ft 10secs 115° 54mph Light Rain No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Jici Beach Star Star Grey Star Grey Star 22ft 11secs 161° 26mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - SE Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Fongbin Star Star Grey Star Grey Star 22ft 11secs 161° 26mph Thundery Showers 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 Grey Star 24ft 13secs 142° 49mph Rain No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - E South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Shalun Star Grey Star Grey Star 19ft 10secs 115° 45mph Brief Showers 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 Grey Star Grey Star 19ft 10secs 115° 45mph Brief Showers No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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N - SE South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Sunyatsen Beach Grey Star Grey Star Grey Star 14ft 8secs 270° 34mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 4
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SW - NW Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Sanshuei 0ft 0secs 0° 36mph Light Rain No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
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SE - SW Northerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Bashien Dong Grey Star 0ft 0secs 0° 26mph Thundery Showers 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° 6mph Light Rain 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 Grey Star Grey Star 14ft 11secs 158° 44mph Rain No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Dead Coral 8
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E - SE North Easterly All Tides