Luckily, Typhoon Tala did not hit us directly. Although we had to put up with a bit of rain on and off for a few days, we got to enjoy the massive swell brought on by typhoon # 12.
Event announcements, sight-seeing recommendations, bar and restaurant reviews, and other commentary from Shimoda and the surrounding area on the Izu peninsula.
Surfmats are an easy, fun, cheap, and safer way to ride waves. Yasu has a Krypt MT5 and I have the Tracker Roundtail from 4th Gear Flyer. I love my flyer! Big smiles spread my face wide as I rip towards the coast. These mats can also ride side-by-side as there is no danger in hurting someome with these cushy air-filled mats. On a beautiful day I also like to paddle out past the break, watch the waves getting pulled to the coast line, and grab a tan along the way.
Here is a video of the legend surfer/knee boarder/ surfmatter, George Greenough, on a day out:
I have a tremendous amount of respect for surfers. I have tried many times to learn to stand on a board, and in the meantime spent hours paddling without moving, getting hit by my board, pummeled by waves, dragged by tides, and chickening out when I finally did get close.
I haven't given up on surfing entirely but I have added to my collection of beach toys, and quiver of sticks. A handplane is a mini board that anyone can ride. Basically, it's a better way to bodysurf. Even when conditions are far from perfect for surfers, handplanes still shred.
A good friend if mine has a good friend who helps Loaded Longboards get promoted in Japan. Lucky for me, my friend was so impressed by these beautiful bamboo boards he decided to buy a Loaded Dervish for me! Thanks, Boss!
I can't do anything real impressive but love carving and a bit of not-too-steep down hill. It's also a realy fun way to get to Re-Mix for some homemade ice-cream. This is what these boards are really meant for though: