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Surf's Up in Wai'ao, Taipei County

Surfing began in Taiwan at Jin Shan with American GIs on R&R from the war in Vietnam. It has steadily grown in popularity in Taiwan ever since martial law was suspended on May 1, 1991.


Here, a surfer enters the water at Wai'ao, Taipei County, on Taiwan's northeast coast. Wai'ao is only an hour from Taipiei City by car, so it is crowded in summer. You will also see wave seekers out in stormy weather, chasing the larger swells from the storm surge. (Rick Green photo.)


Getting There

EVA Airways flies from Newark, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver to Taipei. Visit EVA Air's Web site for flight information and booking.


Further Recommended Resources

Taiwan is an excellent destination for experiencing traditional Chinese culture, enjoying an exciting cuisine, and engaging in outdoor activities, such as cycling and hiking. Learn more about what makes the island of Formosa unique with Adventurocity's articles and video. Join our Forum to ask questions or share tips.


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Taken on September 29, 2009