Geumjin Beach has emerged as the new hot spot for surfing in Korea.
Most of surf academies there double as guesthouses to accommodate surfers with cheap rates and cafés or restaurants. It is very good for even non-suffers to take a rest enjoying the view in this small and not-so-crowed beach. And you can feel the energy from young suffers.
Even if you are a very beginner in surfing or even you can’t swim at all, don’t worry. You can surf in Geumjin Beach!
We chose Surfholic among several surf academies, which is located almost at the end of the beach toward Geumjin Port. The exterior and interior is a modern and pop art style.
A large lecture room(also used as a lounge) is on the second floor.
Dormitories are filled with bunks.
All the rooms and facilities were so clean, simple and well-organized.
It has also the rooftop terrace to rest seeing the beach.
The rates are in the range of 20,000 won to 240,000 won depending on the level of course, the number of rounds, gear rental, facility usage and so on.
We chose package for beginners. It is a one-day course of the theory lecture indoors and practice in the water and includes a board and suit rental and free surfing time.
We chose package for beginners. It is a one-day course of the theory lecture indoors
and practice in the water and includes a board and suit rental and free surfing time.
It was Friday, and dozens of people took the intro lecture together in the lecture room.
Like other marine leisure sports, learning theory is very important before going out to practice.
The one-day course for beginners is like this,
first the lecture from surf basics to safety regulation indoors for an hour,
second the instructor’s demonstration and practice on the beach sand, and third practice in the sea.
In the practice time at the beach, students were divided up into several small groups and an instructor was in charge of each group.
Up to the step of paddling in the water was not that difficult,
but standing on the board was really difficult.
It was so fun and enjoyable to experience surfing with strangers. All could become friends soon learning surfing.
It is recommended to use a taxi or a rental car to get Geumjin Beach,
because it can hardly find any bus to stop there.
Then again, that’s why the beach is very good to those people who want to be relaxed
in an isolated peaceful place.
275 Heonhwa-ro, Okgye-myeon, Gangneung City, Gangwon Province