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Daily photos taken by a local Surf Shop owner, morning then afternoon and of two different points on the beach. A popular surf beach with a diffrent set of wind rules to most of Chiba. Keep your eyes on this one.
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Local Information & Recommendations Photo Map
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General Break Information
Smack in the middle of the Chiba coast line Taito is a surf magnet and one of the center points of Japanese surfing.
June 2010: The ASP held one of the men's long board competitions here. Won for the 5th time in a row by Bonga Perkins.
Taito is the bottom of the long stretch of sandy coast that winds in an even curve all the way up to Ioka at the top. A massive breakwater conveniently protects a fishing port and creates sand bars to the north of it. Taito is a sand bottom break that is a favorite with long boarders and other than on big direct swells its main wave is a mellow right hander. As the swells get bigger short boarders get a much more even chance of getting waves as the inside thumping seems to deter many long boarders (often they ride or get washed into the beach and walk back around to the small bay with its evevator rip out to the main peak).
A very Japanese style of localism is alive and well at this beach, it has a very definite pecking order to it but does not really affect who gets waves. So if you are in the right spot and take off cleanly its yours (and with possibly 3 or 6 others who decide to join with you) Kinda old California style.
There is a huge car park (free) and toilets and showers and a nice promenade to skate along or just hang out on. Watch the surfer girls, party and check out the huge variety of surf craft.
Out side the fishing port is a bombora reef that starts working on BIG swells (4m +). You need a big board to get out there and ride the thing, not something to be attempted alone.
Best Tide: Taito works on all tides, low incoming is better
Best Swell Direction: SE ~ NE
Best Size: 2 to 7 feet (knee to 2 ft overhead)
Best Wind: SSW ~ W
Perfect-O-Meter: 5 (1= 1 ft wind slop; 10 = G-Land)
Bottom: Sand (artificial fishing nets reef)
Access: 100km from down town Tokyo
Crowd Factor: Weekends and holiday periods 8, weekdays 7 (1 = Pipeline in Summer; 10 = Tokyo Station)
Local Vibe: generally friendly, lots of long-boarders and beginners
Water Quality: 4 - (1=clean; 10=turds in the lineup)
Food: 100m to the south 7-Eleven and a great western style roasted/fried chicken restaurant or various restaurants up on the main road (route 128).
Surf Shops: Everywhere - recommend Kennys (longboards and retro boards) and Keen’s standard Shortboards and custom shaped epoxy boards
Getting to Taito
By Train: from Tokyo to Kazusa Ichinomiya then grab a taxi to Taito Beach.
By car: out to the coast and down the coast road (about 100km from downtown Tokyo or through the aqua line and across the peninsula.
Surf Town Fiesta
One of the first events of the summer, the festival is held yearly around the first week of June. From June until the end of August, beach tents are erected where food, ice cream, and drinks are available. The waves are usually small during this time of year.