Fukushima: surfing is only a memory | Photo: On The Board Magazine

Fukushima was one of the best surfing regions in Japan. After the tsunami and the nuclear power plant meltdown, Japanese surfers had to change their habits. From 11th March 2011 on, surfing is banned.

Until then, Fukushima was an incredible surf spot. There were stunning right-handers being ridden right in front of the nuclear station, every day, and in many other secret spots around the facility. Watch the quality of surfing in Fukushima.

The Fukushima disaster is considered one of the worst nuclear tragedies of all time. Explosions, overheat and radioactivity releases threatened life in the surrounding areas. The local authorities raised the emergency levels to the highest value in the scale: 7.

The cooling problems never stopped, and the damaged reactors immediately started to contaminate the ocean. Waves and water were reportedly indicating radiation levels 100,000 times higher than usual.

Before 11th March, Fukushima was known for the quality surfing waves. In 140km of coast, there were more than 20 surf spots. West Coast, Kamioka, Nakoso and Toyoma were famous breaks where Japanese riders from all over the country discovered new adventures in waves.

In a matter of days, the Fukushima surfing community rapidly understood that their generation might not ride waves at their local beach forever. Today, life is not possible inside the 20km perimeter. Surfers won't surf and humans won't live here, who knows, for decades or centuries.