The prices were also ridiculously low... you could have a feast for the equivalent of less than $10USD.
|There's no surf in Taiwan?|
Prior to my departure, I contacted a surf tour agency (The Perfect Wave) that I had used in the past to visit Fiji and the Maldives. They were based in Australia and had extensive knowledge of the SE Asia region. The Perfect Wave put me in touch with Surf Taiwan and I made arrangements for some accommodations down south in Nanwan.
The Surf Taiwan crew was great! They were super accommodating and made me feel like I was part of their family (the constant supply of Taiwan Beer was also nice). My host had the entire coastline dialed in and knew where to go for certain conditions. I was thinking I would be lucky if there were 2 foot waves... but there were waist to head high waves everyday and the water felt like a bath tub (managed to get a mini-barrel one day that no one saw). Another great thing about Taiwan is the lack of crowds... I think my friends meant to say "no one surfs in Taiwan" (instead of "there's no surf in Taiwan"). Anyways, not many people read my blog... so I'm sure that this posting will not lead to a giant influx of surfers to Taiwan.
Hoping that I can come back again soon!
|Taking the HSR from Taichung to Zuoying. The commute took less than an hour (wish we had these in the US!)|
|The beach at Nanwan... no surfing during Typhoons :(|
|What you don't see is this image is the giant nuclear power plant to the right. Surfing this place kind of reminded me of surfing at San Onofre.|
|Yes, there is surf... now let's see how fast I can run down the hill and go through the forest.|
|The left... good for longboard.|
|Lonely A-Frame reef break.|
|Have to be quick on your feet to make the speedy inside section at low tide.|
|Adios Taiwan!... hope I can visit your beaches again!|
Inspiration Point is probably one of the easiest trails to climb (part of it is paved). However, you still work up a bit of a sweat as you make your ascent. At the end of the trail, you tower above the city of Santa Barbara and have an amazing view of the surrounding area... city, ocean, mountains, sky, sun.
I was trying to take a picture that best represents Santa Barbara... and in looking through my photos, I thought this was one of the best I had. Hope you enjoy!