Wave-seekers can now hit the beach at three different spots along North Korea’s 1550-mile coast.
‘There have been two surfing groups so far. Basically no special permission is needed as the places they go to are places that are already open to tourists,’ said Simon Cockerell of Kory Tours.
Members of the Hawaii-based humanitarian organisation, Surfing the Nations (STN), and the Christian-based NGO Love North Korea Ministries (LNKM), led surf camps to introduce the sport to hand-picked North Koreans Travel tour guides.
‘The DPRK is more open than ever to new sports such as surfing. I look at sporting exchanges as a great opportunity to create dialogue, build understanding and friendship and most importantly, create peace between the DPRK and the rest of the world,’ LNKM leader Gabe Segoine told NK News.
Would-be surf tourists should bring their own gear. It’s a loooong way to the nearest surf shop.
Segoine: ‘We brought ten new soft-top learning longboards…two short boards and three bodyboards (a.k.a. boogie boards) as well as wetsuits and surfboard wax.’
North Korea is within spitting distance to Russia. Don’t forget the wetsuit. Or the travel medical insurance.
The country continues to keep a close eye on its foreign visitors. If surfing solo is your thing, then this is not the country for you! In fact, if anything solo is your thing, ditto. According to an official Korean website, ‘You are not allowed to leave the hotel on you own. But if you are craving for a stroll around the block…please contact your guides and they will do their best to make it possible. The guides will follow you wherever you wish to go.’
This might be fun. Instead of being shadowed by ever-smiling ideologues, you might be able to share some amazing waves!