Watch Jamie O’Brien surf and snowboard on the same day in Japan.

April 4th, 2024

Jamie O’Brien ditched the tropical vibes of Hawaii for a chilly adventure in Hokkaido, Japan. With excitement levels off the charts, he kicked off his day by conquering some epic “japow” slopes, followed by a laid-back session catching waves in the Sea of Japan. Talk about making the most of a day on Japan’s northernmost …

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Aussie-born Connor O’Leary picked by Japan for Olympic surfing spot

April 4th, 2024

Connor O’Leary, a surfer originally from Australia, revealed that he’s been chosen to represent Japan at the Paris 2024 Olympics. This decision came after he formally changed his allegiance to his mother’s homeland last year. Hailing from Cronulla in south Sydney, O’Leary was granted a third men’s spot on the Japan team by the Nippon …

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Survey underway for Wavegarden’s construction of surf pools in Japan

August 29th, 2023

A full-scale surfing wave pool by Wavegarden, a company that started in the UK and Spain and is now also operating in Australia, Brazil and South Korea and now eyeing potential sites in Japan. Those interested in the Wavegarden facility are encouraged to take part in the survey (see link below) Overview of Wavegarden’s pool …

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CT competitor Conor O’Leary applies to change from Australia to Japan.

July 31st, 2023

The Nippon Surfing Association (NSA) announced on 6 June that Conor O’Leary, a WSL Championship Tour (CT) competitor, has applied to move from Australia to Japan. The application was made by the NSA at his request and is currently under consideration by the ISA (International Surfing Federation). If the application is approved, his nationality will …

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Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture, hosts a Surf Town PR monitor tour

July 6th, 2023

Last year, the ‘Kitaizumi Coast’ in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, underwent a successful re-launch as a prominent surf tourism destination. As part of this strategic initiative, Minamisoma City orchestrated a well-structured ‘Surf Town PR Monitor Tour’, featuring the esteemed presence of professional surfers Kenji Miyauchi and Yugo Kawabata. This exclusive tour enabled them to experience the …

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Riding the wave to recovery: Kitaizumi Surf Festival 2023

June 30th, 2023

The 2023 Surf Paradise Executive Committee recently announced that it will hold a surfing event called the “Kitaizumi Surf Festival 2023 Fukushima Reconstruction Support Beach Event @ Minami-soma” from 16 (Sat) to 18 (Mon) September. Twelve years after the Fukushima disaster, the number of surfers enjoying surfing in the Fukushima area has increased and events …

Japanese women Anon Matsuoka and Kana Nakashio win the women’s QS5,000 and Pro Junior competitions

June 20th, 2023

Japanese athletes Anon Matsuoka and Kana Nakashio emerged victorious in the highly competitive women’s QS5,000 and Pro Junior competitions at the esteemed 2023 Kului Pro World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 5,000 and Pro Junior event. The culmination of this thrilling contest took place on the final day, leaving spectators in awe of the …

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Kanoa Igarashi and Shino Matsuda qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

June 11th, 2023

The eight-day 2023 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games’ in El Salvador recently came to an end. This year, in addition to the WSG medals, this was an important event for the selection of athletes for the 2024 Paris Olympics and the 2023 Pan American Games. The 2023 Surf City El Salvador ISA …

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Catch the Waves: Discover the Thrills of Surfing in Japan this Summer!

June 3rd, 2023

As the summer sun beckons, surfers around the world are eager to catch the perfect wave and explore new horizons. While places like Hawaii and Australia are well-known for their surfing spots, there’s another hidden gem that deserves your attention: Japan. This summer, consider embarking on a surfing trip to Japan, a destination that offers …

Kanoa Igarashi wins 2nd consecutive title & 1st place to qualify for Paris Olympics Surfing World Games

June 2nd, 2023

The surfing world is abuzz with excitement as Kanoa Igarashi, the sensational young surfer, clinches his second consecutive title and secures the top spot to represent his country in the upcoming Paris Olympics Surfing World Games. With his remarkable skills and unwavering determination, Igarashi has cemented his status as one of the most formidable surfers …

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