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North Korea: A Surfer’s paradise?

Nik quarantine station, an Italian surfer who coaches China’s national surfing team, spoke with fox news about one of the hottest and least recognized surf spots in the world… North Korea.

It was not all about bombs and sanctions.

As President, Trump packed his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was in Singapore last week, he noticed that Kim’s country sports a coastline with the “great beaches” — and no shortage of real estate projects.

“You see that when they explode their guns in the ocean?” Trump asked. “I said: ‘Boy, look at the view. Would that not be a great condo behind?'”

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Few Westerners have experienced the North Korean sun, sea and sand, but that is not to say that it is completely off-limits.

“He’s right, there is a lot of potential,” says Nik quarantine station, an Italian surfer who led three surfing trips to North Korea.

The surfing in North Korea is not “sick barrels” for the pros, but it is great for advanced surfers, says a quarantine station.

(Uri Tours/Nik Quarantine Station)

“I was surprised to see California-like bays with golden beaches, red granite rocks, clear water and no one on the beach,” he told Fox News in a Skype interview from China, where he coaches which country surf team.

“I was pretty overwhelmed.”

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Quarantine station says he used Google Earth to scour satellite images in the camera for his first visit, zeroing in on Majon beach of North Korea on the east coast.

In contrast to California, the surf was not great.

“I knew from the beginning that I’m not looking for the next Malibu,” he says.

“If you’re professional athletes to North Korea, and if you are building of their expectations, that they ill barrels, then they will be disappointed.

“But the people on our trips are not really of that expectation,” he added.”

“We had advanced surfers, great surfing, clean, shoulder-high waves, and they were very happy.”

A quarantine station also has free lessons to the local population.

“We learned maybe 100 people on the first trip, and they were stoked,” he says. “Every time we went back, the people we had coached were doing and they had learned a number of other people to do it, so there is a small surf scene that was growing.”

Quarantine station says a part of the population even took surfing after he showed them how to put on his first trip.

(Uri Tours/Nik Quarantine Station)

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But this is not your average beach holiday.

The Ministry advises against all travel to North Korea, even warning Americans that they must set it before you leave.

There is also the ethical question of the handing over of money to a famous cruel and repressive regime.

“I never felt guilty,” quarantine station says.

“I am convinced that surfing is something that makes people feel free, and nobody has that more than the people in that country.”

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