Whistling down the wind
The name Penghu applies to the whole archipelago of 90 islands off the western coast of Taiwan, and also to its largest island. Most of its tourist sights are pretty low-key, but the winds are anything but and these attract knowledgeable kiters and windsurfers from around the world. Come in November to April (to avoid typhoon season) and you’ll get regular, persistant breeze of at least 40 knots, and often much more. Only when it drops to 30 knots or less, does it start to get gustier. In conditions like these, bring plenty of gear and choose a spot to suit your ability. There are relatively sheltered bays offering bump-and-jump conditions, all the way up to the full-on wave spot, Long Men. For help with info, gear and more, check out www.liquidsportpenghu.com.