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 appealing aspects of Minamisoma City, widely renowned as a surfing haven.

Kitaizumi Coast, known as one of Fukushima Prefecture’s premier surf spots, has gained recognition for its consistent and impressive waves, having previously hosted the esteemed World Surfing Championships (WSL) (formerly ASP). Despite facing the setback caused by the unfortunate earthquake, the town has demonstrated remarkable resilience in its recovery efforts. Recently, the RESTART initiative was successfully introduced, coinciding with the monitoring tour.

The monitoring tour, which spanned two days from June 27th to June 28th, witnessed the participation of renowned surfers, including Kenji Miyauchi, popularly known as Shoroku, a distinguished longboard professional representing Japan, and Yugo Kawabata, a prominent surf school owner and active YouTube personality.

Despite the relatively small wave size prevalent across the country during the tour, Minamisoma managed to maintain optimal wave conditions for surfing. One of the significant advantages of the Kitaizumi Coast is its adaptability to different wind directions, enabling surfers to explore various locations based on prevailing conditions. Consequently, even with the smaller waves, participants enjoyed a fulfilling and engaging surfing experience.

Kitaizumi Coast enjoys convenient accessibility from the national highway and motorway, with a mere 10-minute drive from the city to the coast. This exceptional proximity serves as a major advantage for surfers planning exhilarating surf trips, adding to the allure and convenience of the location.

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