I’m applying to come out to Taiwan and study Mandarin starting September 2015. I’m trying to decide between basing myself in Yilan and Hualien. One of the major factors is the quality of surf I’ll be getting. (By the way I realise Taitung is where it’s at surf-wise, but there are no approved schools around there.)
I’ve travelled through Taiwan a couple of times. I scored some mediocre waves in Yilan (Wai’ao), and saw a spot in Hualien (on a small swell) that looked OK, but nothing special. I know there are quite a few alternatives in Yilan, and suspect it’s the same around Hualien, though the named spots on Wannasurf etc are few.
I may only have a scooter rather than a car, so trips down to the big names spots from Hualien could be difficult. I’m particularly interested in the quality of the local surf.
Any thoughts appreciated.