白沙灣 - Surfing in Baishawan

When attending the opening ceremony on your first day as a exchange student, you are basically in a defenseless posit...




When attending the opening ceremony on your first day as a exchange student, you are basically in a defenseless position toward the unknown experience that is going to take place. And you're furiously excited about it. The following human beings you're about to meet are also part of this excitement. Until you randomly start a conversation about your musing for surfing to the very enthusiastic (and as lost as you are) exchange student during a welcome lunch. Turned out he shared the same passion as he was living this since his young age. And this is how I met Pierre, my french comrade and soon-to-be inseparable adventure buddy. I feel nostalgic and very gratified about all the life lessons we lived through these 5 months.

Here is one of our journey. We were seeking a place to surf in the north coast of Taiwan that is less than 1 hour bus ride from Tamshui station. Baishawan was our option but we knew it was mostly a touristic-chill-out place to be (that still remains mostly uncrowded the whole year). We later realized that during summer and autumn, it's the flatest ocean ever. While in winter, the waves are messily breaking apart with dangerous currents. I wonder why there is a surf shop rental if the only possible time to have a session would be before and after typhon... Yet in the same bus line, you will want to go to Jinshan for better quality surfing with an active community. It's also a good place to start since the waves remains small (compared to Yilan's spots).

Since then, my "Baishawan routine" is gathering happy souls, chill out on the sand with a well prepared picnic, play beach volley and, if finance permits, rent a SUP Board at the only surf rental shop there. (500nt for 1 hour instead of the whole day is ridiculous according to the rental market in the island). Right now, the weather is dreadful and it has been raining cats and dogs since 3 weeks (monsoon period yaaay), I would really appreciate it if the weather allows a sunny weekend so that I can post an article about this routine.




HOW TO GET THERE / COMMENT S'Y RENDRE

MRT Station to Danshui then, Bus 863 to Baishawan stop (40min ride) 
Ask directly the driver to drop you at this station as you may pass over it very quickly.
Prenez la ligne rouge du métro jusqu'à Tamshui puis le bus 863 jusqu'à l'arrêt Baishawan. 
Demandez directement au chauffeur de vous déposer à cet arrêt.






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