Surfing on Tanegashima Island, Hungry Point of Famous Hungry Point Video
Hungry Point offers long rides of over 30 seconds each
This is Hungry Point on Tanegashima Island, which is a great point for long rides of over 30 seconds when the waves are up.
Before I explain, let me show you a video from the instagram of Shige-P, the administrator of the site.
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Another video of Hungry Point, female surfer
This is a female surfer who was riding a lot of waves at Hungry P.
I was worried that her body would be broken the next day.
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Of course, you can also go by BB (bodyboard)
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Video that is hungry and can go in regular direction
Do you think hangry is only for the goofy side?
Depending on the wave, it is possible to go to the regular side even at hangry points, as you can see in the video.
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Overview of Tanegashima surfing and hungry points of interest hangry points
Where is it located on Tanegashima?
This point is not unknown to surfers in Tanegashima, but its location is not easy to find.
The pamphlet introducing surf points in Tanegashima and other Tanegashima-related websites clearly show the location, but it does not appear in Google MAP.
I found it easier to understand with an aerial photograph, so I have included a Google MAP aerial photograph.
To get to Hanguri Point, go down the overpass on the Nishinoomote Minamitane Line, go in the right direction on the ocean side, and after passing Suwa Shrine, there is a road to turn right next to the Suwa Shrine, so turn there and you will find the quay.
You will see many tetrapods on the map.
You can also go from the "Akou-no-Arch" side, which is a famous sightseeing spot.
Parking at Hungry Point
There is no proper parking at Hungry Point.
Local surfers park their cars at the edge of the road along the quay, in vacant lots, or in the grass.
There is one box toilet for construction purposes, but there are no showers.
There are no stores or vending machines in the neighborhood.
If you take a wrong turn, you will end up at a fishing port, but do not park your car at the port.
Origin of the name Hungry Point
The origin of the name "Hungry Point" is well known, but it is so called because surfers "get hungry" because they have to paddle for more than 10 minutes to get to the offshore point where the waves are.
In fact, the photographer is also extremely hungry because he has to wait for a long time for a surfers' long paddling time to get one.
Whenever I had free time, I would eat onigiri (rice balls) while taking pictures, so it was a point where I was very hungry.
When there are a lot of people, they take off one after another, but there are usually more waves than people.
When there are many surfers at this point, it is definitely a good chance.
About the waves at Hungry Point
The terrain at Hungry Point is outer reef, so when the conditions are right, the waves are stable.
The break of the wave is basically a goofy wave, and the rideable distance is over 200 meters, making it possible to ride it for 30 to 40 seconds, which is a dream come true for surfers.
Needless to say, it takes a long time to get back to the beach (laughs).
Sometimes, Hungry Point has big waves, even when there is no typhoon, but in case of big waves, you can ride on the regular side, so it is a jackpot.
It was my favorite place, so when I heard that the waves were standing at Hungry Point, I would travel all the way from the south.
You can meet sea turtles
It is said that you can meet sea turtles if you look into the ocean while waiting for waves offshore.
If possible, bring a go-professional with you, and you may succeed in photographing sea turtles on Tanegashima Island.
Photography at Hungry Point
The photographer is basically shooting from the shore, which is lined with tetrapods.
However, the surfers are about 400 to 500 meters away from the shore, so a 400mm or 500mm lens will only be able to capture the surfers as small as a pea.
Even with my 1000mm gun, I can manage to capture the surfers, but with the naked eye, I have no idea who is surfing, and I can't see the pattern of the wear or board at all, so it is a spot that makes photographers cry.
Even if you are asked to take a picture, unless you are wearing flashy wears or a flashy board, you will lose sight of the surfers from the land.
This is probably the reason why there are almost no surfing photos of Hungry.
For reference, the colors that can be seen well from a distance by photographers are red, orange, green, and fluorescent colors, while the colors that are difficult to distinguish are white boards and black wetsuits.
Hungry Point wants to take videos of long rides
I rarely take pictures at Hungry Point, mostly video.
This was the only place on the island where I could get more than 30 seconds of surfing video on a single takeoff, so I was shooting video like crazy.
You can probably ride this point longer, but it's hard to get back too close to shore, and I don't think I would feel good about having the tetrapods so close to my view.
Surfers at Hungry Point seem to pull out in a moderate position.
If you ask them for a photo shoot, they may be willing to ride it to the limit specially for you.
Even on a calm day, there may be only hungry people
Tanegashima is a surf island, but there are still days when the surfing is not so good, even when visiting the points on Shimachu.
Local surfers don't come to work, so photographers are bored.
At times like this, we pick up sea glass and shells, but there are times when only hungry people are around.
I think the locals introduced us to a point where we could surf a little for our guests who had come all the way out here.
By the way, sea glass is sold for about 1 yen per piece on the Internet, but I used to give them to tourists and others.
About Tanegashima surfing, Hungry Point, a famous place to get hungry, and Rock Point next door
Rock Point, where the waves are rarely good
Rock Point is also listed in the Tanegashima surf point introduction pamphlet, but the parking lot is the same as Hungry Point.
The parking lot is the same as Hungry Point, but it is further behind the fishing harbor on the right.
Rock Point is only surfable in very limited conditions, and although not as bad as Hungry Point, it still requires a long paddle along the fishing harbor breakwater from the wharf.
It seems that many surfers cut back and forth from the offshore to the shore, which makes it possible to surf relatively long, but it also makes it difficult to return to the original point of departure.
The undersea terrain is reef, so the waves are regular and break nicely, but the grand swell caused by the typhoon wakes up Rock Point and brings it into its own.
When the typhoon hits, the waves are usually double in size and roll into a huge tube, and the rip current is so strong that there is a possibility of being slammed into the sea or hitting the breakwater.
Rock point is super difficult to photograph
The embankment protruding from the fishing port makes it difficult to photograph from the shore.
I went to the embankment jutting out into the ocean to photograph the rock point, but it requires a short walk in the ocean to get there.
This is not recommended because of the danger of submerging your equipment.
When shooting here, some surfers come toward the embankment from a distance, so it is difficult to adjust the angle of view and focus on the surfers who are gradually getting bigger and bigger.
If we wanted, we could have walked along the roadless quay on the left side to secure the best position at the rock point, but we could not go back due to the tide level, and there was a risk of submerging our equipment, so we had to endure the quay, but it was very cold and windy during shooting because we were walking on the slope of the sea and shooting in the wind. It was very cold and windy.
We looked for a route down from the top of the cliff, but we could not find one, and the rock point wakes up only a few times a year, which is very limited.
This is also the reason why there are so few photos of this rock point among the surf points.
Tanegashima surfing, hungry points of interest, summary
Compared to the island's major beach, Kanehama Beach, and the point in front of the hotel, this hungry point is very difficult to film surfing, but if you have a telephoto lens of 1000mm or more, you can take great surfing videos.
It is also a point where you can enjoy a very long ride that you can rarely experience. If you come to Tanegashima and are told, "Hangry is good today! you are very lucky.
I would also like to thank all the surfers who have appeared on this blog.
Thank you for reading to the end.