Penghu, Tai­wan

Whistling down the wind

Action Asia - - ISLANDS -

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.

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