Japan: the Land of the Surfing Sun

The 2020 Summer Olympics are heading to Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Interestingly, the largest metropolitan area in the world is known for hosting world-class surf spots.


Tokyo, year 2020. While tourists and sports fans are in the city for the Olympic Games, local surfers will be riding their every day waves. In fact, the Chiba region, near Tokyo, is considered to be the birthplace and capital of the Japanese surfing culture.

Choshi, Onjuku and Ichinomiya, located 40 kilometers away from the capital, are some of Chiba's best surfing spots. Fishing harbors and pollution are the greatest threat to wave and surfing here.

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Gibraltar: yes, you can surf The Rock

Gibraltar has an area of only 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2). The territory is disputed by the United Kingdom and Spain, but for surfers it only matters if it's pumping.

Gibraltar offers 12 kilometers of coastline. You could easily round the territory by bike in a couple of hours to check the surf. It's Britain, in the sun.

With only 30,000 Gibraltarians, the chances of finding a surf shop are very small. Nevertheless, there's good news. Yes, you can catch waves and surf in Gibraltar.

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