Japan SE Coast
Japan gets frequently battered by strong typhoons with 100+ km/h winds, that make their way up north from the Taiwan area. According to the local windsurf community the winds match our target a few times during the standby period.
The former Worldcup spot Omaezaki is supposed to be the best place for storm sailing, with some other spot options in the area towards Tokio.
Japan is the best option of the Asian continent and with its enthusiastic windsurf community a great place to run Red Bull Storm Chase.
- Air (Aug-Nov):
- Water (Aug-Nov):
One of the windiest places of the country and former PWA (PBA) Worldtour spot. Most common wind directions offer x- to x-onshore starboard tack sailing, with possible port tack action in stormy easterlies. Both will be more in benefit of huge jumping and wavetricks rather than down the line sailing in Omaezaki.
Offers two spots in case the wind directions are too S'ly for the Omaezaki area.
In the northern parts of Japan climate is continental, cool and humid. In southern parts climate is much warmer, humid and subtropical.
During summer and autumn risk of a tropical cyclone increases. Tropical cyclones over lower latitudes (Pacific and South Chinese Sea) will bend N to NE-wards later during their life cycle, sometimes visiting the Japanese coast. Despite these systems can give a lot of wind and high seas, encounters are irregular. One year gives much more tropical lows than another year.
High seas may be expected from a remote storm low in the northern Pacific during winter. This is well sorted swell. Occasionally a crossing low from the mainland may cause building seas. Highest seas, up to 10 meters, are possible when a tropical storm passes by.