Best 5 winter surfing spots in Korea
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
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