- October 16-24 2019 (2 places left) – 8 nights and 8 full days of surfing with coaching throughout
- $3000 NZD – Includes accommodation, daily breakfast, daily surf coaching and filming/photography, transport and surf guiding up and down the coast
- Fly to Taipei (direct flight from Auckland on Air NZ) – Stay overnight at an airport hotel then take the 1 hour flight to Taitung the following morning where you will be picked up and taken to your nearby accommodation
Taiwan Surf Camp Overview
You probably haven’t seen or heard a whole lot about the surfing in Taiwan so a bit of background information first. It’s a large tropical island with an undeveloped and beautiful coastline once you escape the major cities. There is consistent swell throughout the Monsoon and Typhoon seasons (when we are going), and these swells hit a number of spots with beachbreaks, pointbreaks and reefs.
On the whole these spots are user-friendly and perfect for lower level intermediates through to experienced surfers. The surf culture is relatively new, welcoming and friendly and unlike some highly touristed surf destinations, a trip to Taiwan offers total immersion in a unique culture.
We will be staying in a small surf town on the east coast, within easy access to some fun boulder beach breaks, points and rivermouths. The location of the recent WSL world juniors and longboard events is just up the road, look that up to see some of the fun waves you could be scoring.
Each day we will get in the Van and explore the coastline, aiming to fit in 2 or 3 filmed sessions per day. When we’re not surfing there are lots of other things to see and do. The town of Dulan has many restaurants to try out, an old sugar cane factory turned arts village, regular live music, night markets, seafood markets, walks to the cape and a volcanic island. Forest parks and hot springs are also nearby.
Surf Camp Highlights
✓ 2 or 3 surf sessions per day to a variety of spots with at least 2 sessions filmed
✓ In-water coaching for support and help with positioning/take-offs/entry and exit of the breaks
✓ SOLID coaching sessions on land via video analysis, technique tips and movements to change your muscle memory
✓ High quality photos of you surfing, shot from land and the water
✓ The right level of waves for you, a unique location, in the right season
✓ Supportive and fun group environment of like-minded people
✓ Plenty of 1 on 1 coaching advice due to the small group size of 6 people and 2 coaches
✓ Casual training sessions to help with recovery and mobility for improved surfing
✓ Inclusive package and help with travel arrangements
I’ve been leading surf coaching camps for the last few years with a group size of 8 people. They have gone really well and I’ve been thinking how to make them even better. So this year I’ve decided to reduce the group size to 6 surfers and add a 2nd coach who also happens to be a professional photographer.
This means you can have a coach in the water with you as needed, providing guidance on take-off positioning for example, while still having all your waves captured on video for analysis afterwards. And on top of that video footage, you’ll come away with professional quality surf shots to hang on the wall back home!
Itinerary and Surf Spots
Day 1: Take the 1 hour flight from Taipei to Taitung then jump in the Van for the 30 minute trip back to our hotel. We’ll unload our stuff and head off for our first surf session and some food.
In the nearby area there are some quality river-mouth waves breaking right and left over cobblestones, some beachbreaks with various peaks up and down the coast, and some long left point breaks that can handle bigger swells and offer protection from stronger winds.
Day 2 – 8: We’ll have 7 full days of surfing – usually 2-3 times per day. On top of the spots mentioned above there are also some good spots further down on the south coast which we can check out if we feel like seeing more of the country.
Day 9: Our last day but the plane out doesn’t fly out of Taitung until 1145am so we can get up and have a morning surf before we leave.
The Daily Routine: We’ll be flexible but each day will probably be something like this….
A morning surf each day, either before or after our breakfast at the hotel. The closest spots are just a few minutes drive away from our accommodation. After breakfast we can relax and review your footage to get clear on what you can do to improve in your next session.
Each day we’ll be checking the forecast to decide on the best breaks to hit. We’ll load up the van and head up or down the coast, surfing, eating at different restaurants, and exploring the island. If the wind gets up we can head back to the hotel for some down time, and go for an evening surf once the wind glasses off.
We’ll often eat as a group, either at the local restaurants in Dulan, or wherever we end up in our island adventures. Lunches and dinners are not included in the trip cost but eating out is very cheap in Taiwan, from less than $10 NZD per Meal. There are lots of choice in Dulan with local food and night markets, Indian, Vietnamese, Pizza, Burgers, Mexican and more.
The surf coaching will be a mix of in-water and video coaching. 2 of your surfs will be filmed and reviewed each day, and when needed one of us coaches will paddle out with you. This is helpful for getting you positioned well for better takeoffs, and for helping with water entry and exit with un-familiar surf spots.
Back at the hotel, we can also go through some stretches and exercises to keep you primed to surf, or to improve mobility as a means to improving your surfing technique.
What level is this Surf Trip for?
“Intermediate Surfers” can be interpreted in different ways, but on my scale this trip is for level 3 and level 4 surfers. You can check your level here. Compared to our 2019 Indonesia trips, this Taiwan Surf Camp is more suitable for less experienced surfers as the waves are generally more forgiving and easier to surf.
Anyone from anywhere can join this trip. You’ll have the support and camaraderie of the group. Surfers of the same level as you.
The place we’ll be staying is an impressive, architecturally designed building set between the mountains and the ocean, near the township of Dulan. We are surrounded by nature yet in walking distance of restaurants and shops.
The air-conditioned rooms are spacious, have private bathrooms and fantastic views. Free wifi is avilable too and all rooms have tea and coffee making facilities. There are twin rooms available with 2 beds, or double rooms that have 1 king size bed.
A nice breakfast with highly rated coffee will be served daily at the hotel’s open air restaurant.
Taiwan Surf Camp for Intermediate Surfers
✓ 8 nights accommodation
✓ Daily surf guiding and transport to the many surf spots located on the east coast of Taiwan
✓ Comprehensive daily surf coaching on land and in the water
✓ A good breakfast daily + tea and coffee
✓ All your surfing video footage and photos downloaded to Dropbox
✓ Visits to local attractions and sightseeing
Flights, 1 night at an airport hotel in Taipei, Lunches and Dinners (Eating out is cheap in Taiwan!)
Firstly you will need to fly to Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan.
From New Zealand, there are direct flights on Air New Zealand (around $1200 NZD return). Due to the timing of the flights you will need to stay overnight in Taipei, then the following morning catch a 1 hour flight from Taipei’s domestic airport to Taitung (around $220 NZD return).
You will then be collected from the airport and taken to our accommodation which is around 30 mins away, and we’ll get our first surf in as soon as possible.
The flights and the accommodation for the 1 night in Taipei are not included in the package but I will provide more detailed information, some accommodation options and will help ensure everything runs smoothly.
You will need to bring your own surfboards. A shortboard that will go well in quality waves or point-breaks plus a fish or groveller would be a good plan. That way you are covered for smaller beach break days and if we see some solid Typhoon swell. Here are a few other tips on what to arrange and what to bring.
- Travel Insurance is a must have for everyone on this trip.
- The water will be tropical but bring a long sleeve wetsuit vest or spring suit for windy days if you feel the cold.
- Spare fins, legropes, fin keys, wax are a must. There are surf shops but prices may be higher.
- Reef boots from a surf shop are a good idea and will make getting in and out a lot easier until you get used to the breaks. Get a snug fit.
- Mosquito repellent and light long sleeve tops/long pants.
- First aid kit.
* the above is an overview, I will provide a detailed packing list and trip information document at a later date
The total price to join this trip is $3000 NZD per person.
To secure your place, a deposit of $500 NZD will be needed, with the remaining balance due 2 months before departure. The coaching trips booked up fast last year and many people missed out, so I’d recommend getting in early.