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EYE OF THE STORM 6 featuring Kanoa Igarashi is now out

June 19th, 2024

The sixth episode of “EYE OF THE STORM,” which goes behind the scenes of Kanoa Igarashi’s World Championship Tour, is now out. In this series, you’ll follow Kanoa through a year filled with dreams, moments, and memories. Episode 6, titled “A Trip to the Goldie,” takes us to Australia’s Gold Coast, specifically Snapper Rocks. Amidst …

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Japan’s Mirai Ikeda Shines at Krui Pro Junior Event

June 7th, 2024

Japanese surfer Mirai Ikeda emerged victorious at the Krui Pro Junior event in South Sumatra, Indonesia. Ikeda showcased her exceptional talent, navigating the challenging waves with precision and skill. This victory marks a significant milestone in her career, reflecting the growing prominence of Japanese surfers on the global stage. Ikeda’s triumph is a testament to …

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Construction of Japan’s first ‘Wavegarden’ wave pool to be built in Shiga Prefecture, opening in spring 2026

May 27th, 2024

Plans to build a surfing pool manufactured by Wavegarden in Japan have finally been announced. It is scheduled to open in spring 2026, and will be located in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, on the Karasuma Peninsula, which juts out into Lake Biwa. The facility will officially be called “WAVE PARK BIWAKO”. Located about 50 minutes …

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The world’s best aerial surfers coming to Japan this June for Stab High Japan at Shizunami Surf Stadium

May 21st, 2024

“Stab High”, the surf contest that celebrates the art of flight and aerials, will be held at Shizunami Surf Stadium on 22-23 June. Many surfers are scheduled to visit Japan, including the winner of the previous event, Robbie McCormick, as well as Chippa Wilson, Julian Wilson, Matt Meola, Mikey Wright, Noah Dean and Mason Ho. …

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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 …