Surfing in Asia
Asia, which means sunrise in Assyric, is the biggest continent of the earth. About 60% of the world’s population lives in Asia.
Asia is also called a continent of contrasts. Highly developed countries like Japan, Singapore and Korea have opposites like the poor countries of Cambodia, Laos or the Philippines.
Because of its geographical dimensions, Asia’s flora and fauna is unbelievably multifaceted. There are so many different places to visit: The cold steppes of Siberia, China’s deserts or the tropical rainforests of Thailand and Indonesia.
This continent has a lot to offer a surfer too. Perfect conditions in Indonesia, the dreamlike islands of the Maldives or surfing in a high-tech environment like Japan, will blow every surfers mind.
Asia’s climate is as varied as the continent itself. The weather in the north is cool and features little precipitation. Further south, a more continental climate prevails, with tough cold winters and hot summers.
The reasons for this are the Himalaya Mountains which block the humid southerly winds. South of the Asian high mountains, a rainy and hot-humid climate dominates in the region of the tropical convergence zone. The weather in this region is mainly influenced by the monsoon season.
Surfing in Asia is very varied and many countries provide good conditions: Indonesia, the Maldives or Japan, to just mention a few. Also on the 7000 plus small islands of the Philippines very good waves can be found. In most Asian countries surfers do not have to wear wetsuits.
The water is always enjoyably warm. The further one travels north in the direction of Taiwan and Japan, the colder it gets. The waves are as different as the continent itself: Powerful groundswells in Indonesia or in the Maldives. Typhoon induced waves in the Philippines or in Japan, both which also profit from Arctic north swells during wintertime, too.
On the Asian continent, every surfer looking for perfect waves will score and find waves to suit from beginner to pro alike.
There are direct air connections to many countries in Asia from all other continents. Should a certain region not be accessible directly, it is always possible to get there via a stopover.
Travellers with more time also can consider a journey by ferry.