OMEZAKI: Fill your sails
Ferocious winds and man-eating waves make Omaezaki — situated on the south coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu — one of the most exciting and radical boardsailing beaches in the world. Though the coarse, dark brown sand doesn’t score high in the aesthetics department, the blistering breezes ensure that this beach is a serious boardsailor’s paradise.
Arm-stretching winds of 25-60 knots blast the coast throughout the winter and combine with strong ocean swells to produce world class and genuinely intimidating boardsailing conditions. Kamikaze sailors ride tiny waveboards and hang on to pocket handkerchief sails in these fierce seas. Until recently, a major annual boardsailing event was held here a spectacle that attracted crowds of over 100,000 and displayed trappings that wouldn’t have been out of place at a rock festival. Aside from that, the local social life is low-key Japanese fun.
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