With Taiwan being a great surfing destination, surfing in Hualien proves to be one of the ideal surfing spots in the country. The Tropic of Cancer can be seen within the Hualien County, making weather conditions mostly warm and sunny, perfect for surfing adventures.
Hualien is dotted with a few surfing spots but the Jici Beach is the most popular destination to go surfing in. This sandy coastal recreational area is flocked by locals during weekends and holidays that are mostly composed of young surfers ready to flaunt their surfing skills. Chishingtan Beach used to be an equally famous surfing destination but the string currents proved that surfing and swimming were no longer an option anymore. Due to the many number of accidents that occurred, swimming was then prohibited at the Chishingtan Beach. However, the North Shore Area of Hualien proved to be another equally nice spot to go surfing in not to mention a great recreational place to do all sorts of water-related activities.
Most certified surfers agree that the best season to surf in Taiwan is during the winter season as swells come quite consistently. Although the summer season may have more ideal weather conditions, it does however bring in longer and flat spells. This may be a good time for novice surfers to test the waves but expert surfers will find these quite unchallenging. However, the summer season does bring typhoons once in a while that can lead to powerful swells in between typhoon days. Although surfing during a typhoon is absolutely prohibited, surfing is allowed during the lead-up and after a typhoon.
The autumn season brings in the best of both worlds for the early winter swells that bring in superb waves and the late-season typhoons that bring in challenging waves. Spring may be the least consistent season to bring in swells but it doesn’t mean that going into the water must be checked off your list. Swimming in the many sandy beaches of Hualien offers a great experience as well.
Surfing in Hualien or anywhere else in the world will mean needing to take safety precautions before going out to the water. It’s always a good idea to watch the waters and surfers already in the water for a few minutes before testing the waves yourself. Some surfing spots in Hualien may have strong currents and rips that may catch you by surprise once you’re in the water. You may also want to keep an eye out for sea urchins that are very often seen in the Hualien harbor and the unfriendly sea bottom of the coastline as well. During high tide, the Jici Beach in particular is known to be embedded with small pebbles and edgy rocks so make sure to bring proper footwear to avoid hurting yourself.
However, the most common dangers still occur out in the water. Most surfing destinations in Hualien get extremely crowded during the weekends and holidays so make sure to keep an eye on your companions when going out to the water. If you want to share the waves with fewer people, surfing during dawn or dusk may be a good idea.
Rules of respect are practically the same with other surfing destinations. However, Hualien and other regions in Taiwan are the kinds of places where strangers will let out loud cheers when they see you drop that perfect wave. You should then get ready for roars if you are really that good a surfer. Hualien proves to be a destination where board shorts can be worn all year round and surfing boards never need to accumulate dust so make sure to have your skills intact when surfing in Hualien.