Oakley Pro Junior: Japan
Location: Shidashita Point, Chiba, Japan
Holding Period: August 6-8, 2010
Event Elements: Junior’s Rating: World Pro Junior Series Grade 1
Prize Purse: $5,000
Field of Competition: 48
2008 – Nobuyuki Osawa (JAP)
2009 – Dillon Perillo (USA)
Chiba… where all of Tokyo escapes for the weekend. Accessible to the literally millions of Tokyo-based surf-crazed Japanese fanatics, the Chiba coastline offers up a wide variety of sandbar opportunity, and “Shida” is the center of it all. Consistently turning on in a wide rage of tide and swell combinations, the beach break at Shida is not just one of the most popular spots, it’s one of the most dependable. Good in both summer typhoon swells and winter or spring windswells, it’s an obvious choice for the Japanese leg of the Oakley Pro Junior.
During typhoon season, which runs from July through November, the best swells will arrive out of the east or southeast. Then in winter and spring, when it’s more scattered windswell type surf, look to the north or northeast for the biggest pulses of energy. And as far as winds and tides go, the best wind blows offshore out of the w or southwest, and tides are somewhat open ended since waves will break all day long.
Thanks to bullet trains and surf forecasting, swell-filled weekends can be an absolute zoo. On the bright side, since the lineups can be so supersaturated localism isn’t such an issue. In general Shidashita is a performers beach, and many of Japan’s best surfers are Shida locals, including Takayuki Fukuchi and Masakazu “Zucho” Kono.