Windsurfing in Taiwan

Asia's windsurfing secret

the beginnings

Growing up in an inland town in South Africa where most kids are pushed into team sports, Mark found himself drawn to two activities in particular; skateboarding because of its punk ethos and rebelliousness, and windsurfing because that's what his family did on Sundays and holidays. His father would pack them into the car (usually against their will), windsurfers on roof, and drive to the local lake for a day of braaiing (South African barbecue) and windsurfing. As a lightly built 12 year old Mark was way too tiny to even lift that heavy sail out of the water, and when he did the boom was always a foot higher than his head. He wanted to go skateboarding, but his dad insisted that he learned windsurfing. His dad's persistence eventually paid off and a few years later something changed. On one of his reluctant trips to the usually windless lake a storm came up and Mark got planing..for the first time in his life he experienced that windsurfing rush which still keeps him addicted to this day.

circa now

Forward twenty years later, and fortunately for him windsurfing in eastern Taiwan is quite epic. From October to April the north easterlies blow consistently several days a week, bringing the winter swells with them. Taitung is therefore ideal for both surfers and windsurfers alike: surf in the mornings and on the glassy days and windsurf when the surf gets blown out. We have several spots here, from points to beach breaks and reefs, all port tack. The local crew of windsurfers are friendly and welcoming to traveling windsurfers, and the breaks never get crowded.

The Taitung Wave Classic

The tribe is calling! Since 2015 we have been hosting the iconic Taitung Wave Classics. Always run over November to ensure the best wind and waves, the Wave Classics are run in a wave jam format (not as a contest), with a month-long waiting period, roaming venue and uber casual atmosphere.Teams from all over the world are welcome to join us in our windiest month here on Taiwan's east coast. As always the wave jams would not be complete without regular gatherings and the event closing BBQ hosted by WaGaLiGong!
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7 things you should know about the Taitung Wave Classic

1) It's not a competition, it's a jam! So don't expect any prizes or podium finishes. At most you'll earn a few beers and loads of stories to share with your mates.
2) Entrance: It's free! Just bring your gear (we have limited rental gear) and beer money.
3) It's not just for pro wave sailors: In fact the idea of the wave jam sprung from getting flat water sailors into the waves. If you can waterstart and plane on a 4.5 you should be here!
4) It's month-long so that more people can join! We know you all have jobs, kids and other stuff going on, so this way there is more likelihood that you can come when the forecast(s) look good.
5) It's a roaming venue, meaning we choose the best spot for the day. If it's mast and a half high we probably won't be breaking masts at Donghe river mouth, but rather sailing mellow logo-high sets at Dulan. We pick the best spot for the conditions on that day!
6)It isn't mast high every day; in fact mast high is the exception. Most people think it's going to be huge but actually we have more small and medium wave days than big wave days in November.
7)It's purely for fun! The windsurfing tribe is small and needs to get together once in a while to celebrate what we do. We always try to include a downwinder, an opening party at Cape Cafe and closing BBQ at WaGaLiGong in Dulan.

At WaGaLiGong Surf Hostel we offer:

The wagaligong waterman academy

Tired of traveling with all your windsurf gear? Or maybe you prefer to be riding your own boards and sails. At WaGaLiGong we offer free storage space for windsurf and SUP equipment. As long as you stay with us, we are happy to store your gear free of charge until your next trip!

Board Rentals

-75l Quatro Levi Siver model
-84l Goya single fin
-98l RRD Wave-swallow

Sail Rentals

-4.5 Neil Pryde & Ezzy
-4.7 Hot Sails
-5.0 Naish Force
-6.5 Ezzy

beginners

-Only available during summer months - weather permitting.
-One-on-one tuition.
-Windsurf lessons on flat water.
-Board and sail provided.
-Basic wind knowledge.
-Tacking and gybing.

intermediates

-Introduction to wave sailing.
-How to get out through surf.
-Catching your first wave.
-Breaking down the forward loop into manageable steps.

experts

-Downwinders, ranging from 4km to 10km.
-Guide services to secret spots (check out the half and full day tours below)
-Local knowledge!

windsurf introductory lesson

NT$2000

  • one-on-one instruction only
  • includes board, rig and transport to the beach
  • learn to rig a sail and control the wind
  • only available during summer months - weather permitting

windsurf rental - board&rig

NT$1600

  • boards and rigs can be rented separately
  • board only: NT$1000/day
  • rig only:NT$1000/day

windsurf half-day tours (4 hours)

NT$2000

  • includes van, driver, gas, spot checks, local knowledge
  • usually during mid-day, when wind is strongest
  • talk to Mark about downwinders and forward loop/wave riding clinics

windsurf full-day tours (8 hours)

NT$3500

  • includes van, driver, gas, spot checks, local knowledge
  • can be merged with surf tour, eg surf morning, windsurf noon, and surf again at dusk
  • talk to Mark about downwinders and forward loop/wave riding clinics
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