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Pick your peak, Akahama can produce some powerful beach break waves and A- frames with long left and right walls

According to older locals, before the Tetrapods were installed it was a great beach with consistently good waves.

Now 90% of the beach is lined with Tetrapods so it is steep and hence tide dependent - High tide (120cm +) has too much water and the waves break right on the sand, Low tide and the sand bars start funneling the swell into peaks.

The first few big typhoon swells will clear much of this built up sand from in front of the road and out into the line up.

Facing directly East it picks up swell from the NE to the SSE and is offshore NW to WSW

General Break Information

An elevated road runs for 1km right along the beach - protected by the ubiquitous Tertrapods - it's 5 meters above the sand and 4 meters above the farmers onion fields the other side. Great parking to watch the surf from beside your car.

Warning; once on the top road it requires an 8 point turn or reversing the length of the road to get off again.

South of the road - the beach is much flatter so there is more chance of rideable waves on the high tide - worth the walk and check.

Also down this end there is a stream, running onto the beach and it can bend into the ocean in front of the road or wind its way behind the dunes to the south. July 2010, it is running into the ocean about 250m to the south.

Short story: Saturday June 12 2010, new moon and big tides, 2 ~ 2.5m clean East swell at 12 second period. Sitting in Tokyo this looked like the perfect swell and conditions for an Ibaraki push. Made the drive and most of the coast was closed out, paddled out at Hitachi reef and scored solid double overhead and some of the bigger sets were coming in at 3 x overhead. Talked to friends and Akabama beach was not only holding the swells it was firing off left and right hand barrels, those who made it out were calling it the best conditions for 3 years.

Unless the swell has some size and power high tide will often not produce rideable waves. (Example July 2010 - 1.5m swell at 9 sec period. At 120cm high tide it did not have waves, however at Low tide the waves were overhead.

Winter is cold - boots, hood, gloves

Summer is cool in the water, Board shorts possible for a few weeks in August

Localism: generally uncrowded and friendly

Parking free, BBQ's ok, closest convenience store is 15 minute walk

Access: Joban Highway, Takahagi exit 6km,

Round trip from Tokyo 375km, (2 hrs in the morning, 2.5hrs return afternoon) Toll Charges (Saturday) ¥3,800, Gas ¥ 6,200

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Best Tide: Low tide incoming

Best Swell Direction: SE - NE

Best Size: Chest to Double Overhead

Best Wind: West

Perfect-O-Meter: 6 (1= 1 ft wind slop; 10 = G-Land)

Bottom: Sand

Access: 5km from Takahagi Exit on the Joban

Crowd Factor: 3 (1 = Pipeline in Summer; 10 = Tokyo Station)

Local Vibe: 3

Water Quality: 3 (1=clean; 10=turds in the lineup)

Food: Nothing near by so need to bring it with you or get in your car and drive.

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October 10th 2010

A great morning session with solid A-frame waves and very little wind.

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