The Re-Birth of Surfing in Fukushima | Going Olympic

The Re-Birth of Surfing in Fukushima | Going Olympic

Fukushima means “Happy Island”. I believed it as well. I’m glad to be born in the
place with great nature and waves. In Fukushima, we get
the best waves in Japan. We all have a good time here. (ON MARCH 11, 2011, A 9.0
SURFER/TRUCK DRIVER) I’m heading to my usual
surfing spot called Kitaizumi Surf Point. I started surfing when I was
in junior high school. I used to make wet suits
for water sports before and I also ran a surf shop
with my wife. But then came the earthquake
and people couldn’t go into the ocean any more,
so I had to close my shop. I had some plans for my future
set in my head at that time, but everything changed
so much. My current job is as a truck
driver because I wanted to reconstruct
my hometown as soon as possible. So I carry rocks and
sand to the beach where all the sand and barriers were
flushed away by the tsunami. In Fukushima, we get
the best waves in Japan. Waves are constant and surfers
rarely fight for good waves. The atmosphere is very cosy
and we welcome any surfers. We all have a good time here. The waves here are really big
and powerful. The waves here can compete with
the swells anywhere in the world. In the past, I started
winning in local contests. My first achievement was
coming third at the national championship
held at Kitaizumi Beach. The top four surfers of the
national championship were selected to go and compete in the
World Championship. So I was selected to compete
in the amateur class of the Asian Beach Games,
and I won the bronze medal. I think it was the pinnacle of
my surfing career. (FUKUSHIMA UNIVERSITY
FUKUSHIMA CITY) The coast of Fukushima used to
be a paradise for all surfers. But people who don’t surf didn’t realise the true value
of it. So we first started an action to raise awareness
for this great surfing spot. We founded a Non-Profit
Organization group to hold surfing events
for locals to enjoy. This NPO is called
Happy Island Surf Tourism. “Fuku” means “happy” and
“Shima” means “island” in Japanese. We were planning to
bring up the value of the city by utilizing the local
surf spots. We started this activity
in 2003. It wasn’t just about attracting
surfing contests to come here, but to make surfers migrate
to Minamisoma. Kitaizumi beach in the city
of Minamisoma. Each year, more than 70,000
surfers come here to surf. It is known as one of Japan’s
premiere surfing spots. In our surf town, people can safely visit the
beach all year round. It’s not only for surfers, hence we are planning to expand
into tourism. (MARCH 11, 2011, SENDAI CITY
MIYAGI PREFECTURE) The tsunami is flushing away
everything. Climb up here! (FUKUSHIMA DAICHI
a huge impact on our lives. Fukushima would have
surely been selected as the surfing venue
for the Olympics in 2020. This is the place where I used
to live. We had a house and barn here
behind the mountain. The distance between my home
and the beach is around 700 to 800 metres. I wasn’t here at the time of
the tsunami but my dad was here. The tsunami was heading
over the pine forest, and then he realised how
serious the situation was. So he was calling my neighbours
to rush up the mountain and they watched the tsunami
devouring houses. When my dad was watching
the tsunami destroy our house, he realised he still wasn’t
safe as the water was rising and they needed to climb the
mountain to get to higher ground. The government bought
all deserted properties so we can’t build
any houses here. My wife was pregnant
at that time and the due date was just one week after the
disaster. So we were excited and
preparing for the baby. We had everything set up here
to welcome our baby… Three days after the disaster,
our baby was born. To be honest… ..I wanted to stay in
my hometown in Fukushima but I couldn’t risk my kids’
lives, so we decided to move to
Niigata. Reconstruction and
decontamination have slowly begun. The radiation dose has
gone down drastically. I thought this place has
finally become liveable again so we finally decided
to move back here. We came back hoping that there was still a future for
Fukushima. We’re trying to build a new
future for us here and surfing
will be part of it again. People should check the
situation at the Fukushima
beaches for themselves. Of course, there was a lot of
damage done by the tsunami, but there is nothing that can’t
be fixed over time. Unfortunately, this place
wasn’t selected for the final round, but we hope we can do a
qualifier here for the Olympics. We must face the issue of
radiation when it comes to the venue. So the city and surfers conduct
detection tests on their own. We believe that the ocean is
safe and secure, but it is hard to make others
think the same way. We are going to check the
radiation with Professor Okumoto. It’s nothing to worry about. I just hope that things are
getting better in this spot. Basically… ..there is always
radiation everywhere. So it’s important to measure
as frequently as possible. It’s been a while since
that last measure. We must make sure the safety
of our place with our own eyes. The radiation amount in the air
of this beach is around 0.03 to 0.04
microsieverts. It’s the same amount to the
time before the disaster. The sand is also the same level at the time before the
disaster. 0.03 to 0.04 microsieverts. Let’s go to next spot. The amount has been stable. Just like the old days. Right after the disaster,
the amount was too high. After one year passed, the radiation level became
stable. But more important
than the radiation, there were still missing people
after three years. We decided to pay tribute
to those who were lost. We didn’t want to go into
the sea until dead souls got put to
rest. But after three years, surfers
have gradually come back here to bring back the good old days
of this surfing spot. Kitaizumi Beach is loved
by all local people and many people
used to gather here. This beach was
a symbol of the town. When we had no option
but to leave here, we re-realized this ocean is
an integral part of our soul. We’ll be fully revived once we get back this ocean of
Fukushima. The first people who
came back here were surfers. Fukushima has
a tonne of great things. It’s surely a happy island. I’m glad to be born in the
place with great nature and waves. As the nuclear plants
exploded… ..many people from Japan and
other countries have negative images of Fukushima
and they think that Fukushima is
no longer a happy island. It’s very difficult to bring it
back to where it was before. But… living here once again… ..I believe it would make this
place… ..once again a happy island.

Antonio Breitenberg

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100 thoughts on “The Re-Birth of Surfing in Fukushima | Going Olympic

  1. Jun Hwa Lee says:

    crazy nippon

  2. ILSUN MOON says:

    It's not truth, insane IOC.

  3. 일반인 says:

    This is insane…IOC shirinks responsiblity

  4. Josep Shim says:

    IOC should be admit to corrupt organization themselves. If ioc were good organization. Ioc would be cancel the hold a olympic in japan. Also japan getting worse enviroment for athelete.

  5. pipi papa says:


  6. sung jin kim says:

    ioc 감옥 추천한다.

  7. 서범원 says:

    돈을 얼마를 쳐먹어야 이런거 만드냐

  8. KIM kimkim says:


  9. Deux Chevaux S says:

    Stupid no brainers

  10. sauce 01 says:

    耳を覆って鈴を盗んでる安倍 。

  11. Greed Jin says:

    are you nut???

  12. 30 2 says:


  13. itsuda mao says:

    shame on you! It's a huge fake! it maybe the biggest lie in history!
    Why doesn't Japanese government disclose the truth of Fukushima?

  14. youngju Kim says:

    Let's do the Olympics in Chernobyl.

  15. Final Approach says:

    IOC = Slave of money

  16. Immanuel Kant says:

    olympic corruption

  17. Sulpen yeong-won says:

    Is really Olympic channel ? lol…

  18. K.W Lee says:

    Tokyo Olympic will be the first year of the X-MEN's birth.

  19. HITHERTO says:

    Hellcome to 2020 radiated Tokyo Olympic Game. Nuka Cola supported.

  20. Orgalog Gunter says:

    fake news. Radioactive Olympic out!

  21. HITHERTO says:

    731 project for global people??

  22. JongHa Kang says:

    …and the passion of local surfers will kill them. This video is nonsense.

  23. forfar seoul says:

    Fukushima = Chernobyl*3

  24. 매드하우스 says:

    fallout2020 hellympic-japan

  25. 크리쳐고양이 says:

    You wanna see a Godzilla?
    Yes~you can!

  26. yimyg86 says:

    greedy olympic

  27. 전상준 says:


  28. John Yi says:

    All country need to ask to IOC!!!!

  29. 브랜든 says:

    crazy stupid japanese olympic committee !!

  30. TS Magnus says:

    Seriously? IOC… Do you think the people in the world will believe this? Why don't you open your next Olympic in Chernobyl?

  31. 와드와드와드 says:


  32. 괴팍한오동잎 says:

    Power of money

  33. kyrie327able says:

    역시 일본은 미쳤어….ㅋㅋㅋ 방사능 뮤턴트라도 만들거냐? 하더라도 니네들 끼리 해라

  34. Namu Kim says:

    Let's Go Fukushima!! For supernatural power! Radioactive Super human!!

  35. rrqw dwr says:

    IOC is corrupt. The sports spirit is now corrupted.

  36. jay choi says:

    crazy real crazy boycott Tokyo Olympic

  37. Rafa says:

    저건 그냥 실험용 쥐로 밖에 안보인다. 그는 언젠가는 몸자체가 천천히 방사능에 중독되어가면서 신체적 변화를 보여줄려는 모습으로 밖에 안보인다. 그가 저 행동을 자주한다면 1~3년 정도면 결과물이 나올테고 가끔씩 한다면 1~10년정도면 적당하게 확인이 가능할듯 한데?

  38. says:

    How much Japanese money did you receive?

  39. 땡중aka 파계승 says:

    IOC is absolutely insane.

  40. allthatblue says:

    R U crazy??????

  41. Ian Kim says:

    東日本復興の宣言のため,福島が安全であるように,東京オリンピック組織委員会が無理に福島でのオリンピック競技を開催することをIOCが幇助するだけでは足りず,このように映像を通じて虚偽の事実を伝えるのは,実に衝撃的なことです。 即刻,映像を削除してください。

  42. Woosin Jung says:

    ioc 정신좀 차리자 올림픽이란 돈으로만 하는게 아니다

  43. jy kim says:

    The IOC may host the next Olympics in Chernobyl.

  44. HanKyeong Ko says:

    Absolute Bull Shit~~~~ it takes hundreds of years to get rid of all the radioactive but now its fine?? its been like 7 years? u should get novel prize for that hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  45. JS P says:

    21세기 마루타도 아니고..이걸 진짜 안전하다 생각하는건 일본밖에 없다

  46. Ji min Jung says:

    여기가 그 방사능에 찌들어 미쳐 날뛴다는 올림픽 공식 유투브입니까??? 방사능묻은 돈받고 올림픽 개최시켜줘서 행복합니까??? 선수들 방문객들 다 죽어도 좋다고 돈받으면 땡입니까 더러운 올림픽위원회놈들 저걸 홍보영상이라고 올려 놓는 꼴 봐라 미친놈들

  47. Jason Kim says:

    report video: harmful dangerous acts

  48. s d says:

    ㅋㅋ올림픽위원회 저기서 먹고 살아봐라 그럼 인정한다

  49. Chang jun Lee says:

    Olympic?? No!!! It just radioactive deathmatch.

  50. 김건영 says:


  51. navyong kim says:


  52. 빛물 says:

    Crazy IOC! Crazy Japan!

  53. Burkhan says:

    Japan's government is lying.

  54. 4딸라 says:

    비리천국 IOC! 다같이 방사능 피폭받으며 후쿠시마에 경기를 진행할려고 하는 일본! 2020 도쿄올림픽 반드시 취소가 되어야한다!

  55. 정재훈 says:

    Surf in Fukusima, will suffer by cancer

  56. 바빌 says:

    Fall out 19 : Fukushima

  57. 노노노노농 says:

    전세계 선수들 피폭 당하게하고 싶어서 환장했구나

  58. claire shin says:

    This movie is So stupid!!! Fukushima is death land.

  59. honeygem says:

    Boycott Tokyo 2020 Olympic

  60. -밤 says:

    전세계 민폐국… 거짓말 백번해봐라 믿는거 응 니네 좃본 뿐

  61. ghjeon says:

    What the……

  62. 사랑합니다 says:


  63. ganadala says:

    Fake news.

  64. 독도맘모스 says:

    대체 돈을 얼마나 받아 쳐먹은거야??

  65. Jacob K says:

    올림픽 좋아허네 돈림픽이지
    IOC 잽머니 하도 처먹어서 아예 돌아 버렸구만

  66. 정재민 says:

    이걸 올림픽 공식채널에서?

  67. demian says:

    OMG… Fake News!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. hi say says:


  69. cjanovemsexaguplem says:

    the olympic director probably enjoyed watching ninja turtles lol

  70. Pak Moonseop says:

    입벌구 일본놈들 아주 저기서 서핑 하다간 실버서퍼 되것다

  71. 크림빵 says:

    복구가 되었다면서, 어린이 암환자는 100배 증가?

  72. F Cho says:

    이게 올림픽 공식채널? R u crazy??

  73. Young Jung says:

    Theyre not explaining “how” the radioactive level went down though? 🤔🤔🤔

  74. [Joony]아빠마음 says:

    No Tokyo Olympic. Crazy Olympic

  75. Kyouhyung Kim says:

    And they say the Olympic games should not be political.

  76. 다귀 says:


  77. joon kim says:

    Radiological Olympics

    I don't want to be a mutant.

  78. Choong Hyeon Lee says:

    누굴 바보로 아나

  79. 코게 says:

    I see… Fuckushima

  80. Hyrophant says:


  81. J J says:

    바흐 행님 방사능 머니가 아주 달달하쥬?

  82. 홍성찬 says:

    와 ㅋㅋㅋ 대한민국 태안반도 기름 유출 사건도
    복구하는데 약 10년 걸렷는데

    일본은 방사능을 차폐막도 없이 10년만에 없앳네
    그런 기술력으로 왜 돈을 안벌지???
    체르노빌 복구시켜주면 지금 일본의 부채 전부
    없앨수 잇을거 같은데 ㅎㅎㅎㅎ

    올림픽 공식 영상이라니 믿을수가 없네 ㅋㅋㅋ

  83. 이혁제 says:

    세상에나 당신들이면 체르노빌 올림픽이라면 거기에 가겠냐?????

  84. 풀아머ZZ건담 says:

    안전하다고 씨부릴수 있으면 늬들이 직접 살아봐라 한 10년 살아서 아무 일 없으면 ㅇㅈ한다

  85. 네추럴 플러그 says:

    Chernobyl : Give us the skills.

  86. Peter Seo says:

    This is a place where Chernobyl-ish situation occurred, worse in certain perspectives, check how safe Chernobyl and decide whether you'd like to test your luck with Fukushima

  87. Delf says:

    미쳤다 미쳤어;

  88. 박선진 says:

    I can't believe Japan government is trying to claim that Fuckushima is now safe from radioactive. Well, if so, how about having opening ceremony in Fuckushima by showing Abe and his good old friends swimming in that water? That would be the best promotion for safety than anything.

  89. South House says:

    ㅁㅊ 보이콧각이다

  90. Cow Holy says:

    Not far away from present days, This Tokyo Olympic will known as the Starting point of "X-men Project". No- More- Mutants!

  91. Aether Primus says:

    How to create mutants 101

  92. vityazi russkiye says:

    of course. billions of dollars worth of money from japan circulating throughout the international community, concealing the truth.

  93. ᅵ그림그리므ᅵ says:

    Fallout 2020 DLC: Nuke-shima Surf Japan Exclusive Edition
    Coming Summer 2020

  94. HCJJEONG says:

    U guys r just crazy…

  95. roka _swt says:


  96. chim Chim says:

    This is Crazy‼️ plz stop Olympic in Fukushima💣🧨☢️☢️☢️☠️ IOC is crazy too Boycott Tokyo🚫🚫🚫🚫

  97. 나지현 says:

    Trying to kill EVERYONE whose attending or visiting 2020 Olympics…..

  98. 냐옹고양이 says:

    Im sure the main theme song for 2020 Olympic is RADIOACTIVE by imagine dragons.

  99. Nh says:

    Is it really safe? It looks insane..

  100. Mnso CCC says:

    fxxkusima stop olympic

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