Do you want to surf in North Korea? Here’s your opportunity. Last week we published a feature highlighting all the North Korean surf spots visible on Google Earth and joked about going there. Then on Monday we received a letter from the Korea International Travel Company (the country’s state-owned and only travel company) inviting us to explore the surf potential beyond the bamboo curtain.
The rub is that they aren’t interested in professionals, this being the socialist Democratic People’s Republic of Korea they eschew elitism and don’t recognise the ASP ranking system. They are instead interested in extending the invitation to Average Joe surfers who will surf at a similar level to potential tourists – if we find marketable waves. To this end we are looking for three surfers to join our team. This can be anyone, however we would recommend that you are able to stand up and travel competently down the line, being able to turn and negotiate sections would be advantageous. Starvation and resultant cannibalism is reportedly increasingly common in this country (a doctor was recently executed for selling dumplings made out of dead bodies) so we would recommend that you have a BMI capable of sustaining long periods of low nutrient intake. In the unlikely event of trouble an ability to handle oneself might help.
We have much respect for the surfers of old Europe and would like to see them take their skills to the undoubted surf paradise of North Korea.
Much to our surprise the Korea International Travel Company have been researching some of the waves we discovered in the first article and have placed observers watching them night and day. Comparing it against the recent Snapper comp they said that the right hander (they have called Juche, after the North Korean ideology of self-reliance) measures up favourably to the famous Aussie point and is perhaps a little more top-to-bottom.
The letter, in a lovely old fashioned envelope, arrived from the North Korean embassy in London by 2nd Class post said “We have much respect for the surfers of Old Europe and would like to see them take their skills to the undoubted surf paradise of North Korea.” The invitation which went onto several pages describing the great beauty of the country of North Korea was presumably written in the country’s nondescript end of terrance embassy in London, just north of Gunnersbury Park.
To be in with a chance of joining us on this life altering trip please let us know in the comments below, in 140 characters or less, why we should select you for the trip.
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