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Okinawa Surfing

Japan > Okinawa Prefecture
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Okinawa Prefecture consists of 161 islands, of which only 44 are inhabited. Scattered over 1,000 km (600mi), Yonagoni, the southernmost island, lies a mere 100km (60mi) from Taiwan. Although once an independent state, the Ryukyu Islands are now the most popular Japanese beach resort destination, thanks to its? mild climate and fringing coral reefs. Okinawa is smack dab in the middle of Typhoon Alley, sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean on its east side and the East China Sea to the west. This positioning allows for a wealth of spots facing in all directions to pick up virtually any swell going. They break over very shallow shelves of reef and/or basaltic rock, which is why 90% of the spots are mid-to-high tide breaks, but experienced surfers not scared of the odd bounce will find plenty of low tide waves. Most spots range from 2-5ft of water at high tide. There are only two sandy beachbreaks. Crowds are heavy at the main spots, but some spots remain unpopulated. Most of the outer reefs and islands are still uncharted.
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13 - 18°C
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17 - 22°C
springsuit
22 - 27°C
boardshorts
25 - 30°C
boardshorts
23 - 28°C
boardshorts
16 - 22°C
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+ Epic typhoon swells
+ Subtropical reefbreaks
+ Secret spots and islands
+ Low crime rates
+ English speaking Japan
- Flat spring, mostly windswell
- Shalllow reefs, no beachbreak
- Mainly high tide spots
- Crowded premier spots
- Expensive
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Aha Point Grey Star 1ft 10secs 107° 21mph Brief Showers No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 6
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N - E Westerly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Kudaka Grey Star 6ft 7secs 200° 21mph Heavy Thunder Showers No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Live Coral 6
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NE - S North Westerly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Castles Grey Star 6ft 8secs 205° 21mph Heavy Thunder Showers No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Live Coral 6
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E - S Northerly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Sunabe Seawall Grey Star 5ft 6secs 227° 20mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Live Coral 10
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SW - N North Easterly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Mainside Grey Star 5ft 6secs 227° 20mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Live Coral 10
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NW - N Easterly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Buma Grey Star 6ft 8secs 244° 20mph Light Rain No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Live Coral 6
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W - NW Northerly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Sunabe II Grey Star 5ft 6secs 227° 20mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. No Data Available No Data Available No Data Available
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Guide icon Forecast icon Aja Grey Star 5ft 6secs 227° 20mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Live Coral 6
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NW - N South Easterly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Bowls Grey Star 5ft 6secs 227° 20mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Live Coral 6
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SW - N North Easterly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Maeda Grey Star 5ft 6secs 227° 20mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Live Coral 6
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SW - N South Easterly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Suicide Cliffs Grey Star 6ft 8secs 205° 21mph Heavy Thunder Showers No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Live Coral 6
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E - S Northerly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Turtles Grey Star 5ft 6secs 227° 20mph Thundery Showers No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Live Coral 8
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W - NW Easterly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Ikei 5ft 7secs 217° 20mph Light Rain No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Live Coral 8
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NE - S South Westerly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Ko Chan 2ft 8secs 336° 20mph Heavy Thunder Showers No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Live Coral 6
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NE - E Southerly No Data Available