Best 5 winter surfing spots in Korea

Best 5 winter surfing spots in Korea

Relentless January winds herald the best waves for winter surfers
Jungmun Beach on Jeju Island offers ideal waves for winter surfing.

Most of us cringe just hopping in and out of the shower during the bone-chilling Korean winter, but for some adventurous (if masochistic) surfers, winter marks the best time to smear some jelly on their board and jump into the sea. 

To kick off the new year’s first Weekender issue, the Korea Herald published a roundup of the five most popular winter surfing spots in the country.

“Pohang is a good spot for surfing -- in winter especially, under the right conditions the waves can be world-class,” surfer Min Kyung-shik told the paper, adding that waves are bigger and stronger in Korea during the winter, due to the winds from the north.

“Don’t worry the water is not as cold as you think. It is usually between five and 10 degrees C and never goes below three degrees,” said Min.

Actually, we’d rather not think about it all if we can help it.

Top 5 Korean beaches to catch winter waves

1. Chilpo Beach

Heunghae-eup, Buk-gu, Pohang-si, North Gyeongsang Province (경상북도 포항시 북구 홍해읍); +82 54 261 5773; eng.ipohang.org

2. Haeundae Beach

Jung-dong 2 ro 11, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 중2로); +82 51 749 7611; eng.haeundae.go.kr

3. Songjeong Beach

712-2 Songjeong-dong, Haeundae, Busan (부산광역시 해운대구 송정동 712-2); +82 51 749 5705; eng.haeundae.go.kr

4. Gisamun Beach

Gisamun-ri, Hyunbok-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 양양군 현북면 기사문리);+82 33 670 2114; eng.yangyang.go.kr

5. Jungmun Beach

Jeju Special Self-governing Province, Seogwipo-si, Saekdal-dong, Jungmun, Korea (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 색달동 3039); +82 64 710 3312; english.tour2jeju.net

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