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.

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

  1. Athletes from around the world will eat rice from Fukushima and play right next to the radioactive waste disposal site. That's really really horrible.

  2. No one can remove radiation.
    Only thing those Japaneses can do is just a prayer for late occurrence of radiation-induced diseases.

  3. Whats happening now? We cannot visit Japan. Unbelievable. Its unsafe and I really cannot understand why the Olympic Committee said that Fukushima produce is provided as food for athletes.
    Its not Olympic anymore. We have to stop to hold the Olympic in Japan. Even though many countries already knew this fact but nothing happened yet. This Olympic.. something is weird.

  4. Sayonara Japan
    mental and physical-polluted Japan…
    The dead in war brought about by Japan…
    They have been cursing them….
    Apologize them sincerely or no hope in Japan

  5. 방사능 측정하는 척 하는 사람들 뒤로 연기(수증기?)나는 굴뚝이 보이네. 무슨 연기일까? 저기가 후쿠시마가 맞긴 한 걸까?

  6. Are they really going to go ahead with the Olympics next year in Japan? I don't want my country's athletes to go, how can we stop this…is there a way?

  7. 정신나간미친놈들 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ 너네만가라고 뭔 홍보야 ㅁㅊ ㅋㅋㅋㅋ 한국어 자막도 만든거보소

  8. The Japanese government amended the laws about media
    to control news related to Fukushima nuclear radiation.
    TEPCO, the owners of the Fukushima plants,
    is dumping untreated nuclear water into the ocean directly.

    The Japanese government has been built some stadiums for 2020 Olympics
    just around Fukushima and is planning to have soft ball and baseball games there.

    And tones of rice and fish from Fukushima have been selling
    to big convenience stores and restaurants to make food in Japan every year.

    The Japanese government has a plan
    to provide rice and vegetables produced in Fukushima to athletes
    who are going to participate the Olympic and visitors.
    But they don't want to reveal the truth
    that the radiation is still high and the food can cause serious health problems.

  9. 福島は危険です被爆されたくない場合は、東京オリンピックファーに来ていない
    The Tokyo=Fukushima Olympics have a high radioactivity risk

  10. FUKUSHIMA's radiation exposure level is 11 times higher than Chernobyl!!! People and the media are starting to forget Fukushima and what happened there. Japanese goverment try to hide the truth for 2020 OLYMPIC. You have to know that they'll supply the rice and food from fukushima to foreigners. It's not a joke. Minister Goro admit it cheating people food from FUKUSHIMA is safe… people should know that radioactive still leak from fukushima nuclear power plant.

  11. Japanese, why do you ask people to come to Japan where nuclear disaster happened. You know it is regarded as still ongoing issue.  I feel sorry about the disaster, but it is different when your government tries to deceive the world.  Open the data on how many people are dying from cancer..!!  Do not think it is possible to cover the sky with your hands for the olympic games.

  12. Crazy Japan NOC… Are you really going to provide Fukushima plants and seafood to Olympic athletes? What about whale meat?

  13. Aware of this . Abe hides the truth that radiation spreads everywhere. If Players go to Japan for olympic they will eat plants and fruits including radiation. In Fukushima lots of grains are already planted few years ago. It is sold making triangle rice in convenience store. Abe made anouncement to treat fukushima food for players. That is terrible. People all around the world must be aware of it

  14. Japan was a one of war criminals during WW2. Millions of Asians including Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese,malaysians etc were slaughtered. Even thousands of Americans were killed from pearl harbor attack from Japan. Stop complaining about other country and wake up face your filthy reality!!!I guess Two nuclear bombs was not enough to teach japan what they really did during world war 2. Oh wait,, Is that the reason why Japanese self nuke bomb at Fukushima nuclear power plant?? Kamikaze self nuke attack on fukushima bammm!!!

  15. What a wonderful 2020 Radiation Olympic in Tokyo-Fukushima in Japan.
    If we go there, you and your family will get cancer.

  16. 방사능에 전세계 선수들이 오염되는 것이 진정 올립픽 정신인가요?

    이건 미친거 아닌가요?
    당장 후쿠시마와 그 일대를 폐쇄해야 하는 거 아닌가요?
    진정 무섭습니다.

  17. Fukushima is more dangerous than Chernobyl. 😱😱
    It seems that the Japanese don't know if radiation is dangerous.

  18. Are you sure that you all wanna send your proud athletes, precious family and friends to the islands of radiation? You all must know how the Japanese government fools their poor own civilians that Fukushima and its goods are already safe from radiation. However, the various researches not only from abroad but also from Japan itself show that Fukushima is still contaminated with radiation. In addition, the Japanese government is encouraging all the food and shelter that will be provided to the athletes to be from Fukushima. Seriously?

  19. ce n est pas la bonne solution pour Fukushima et les japonais de Fukushima !! No way !! ne cache pas la vérité!! il faut signaler ce vidéo clip

  20. Japanese government must tell the truth!! Such a liar, Abe!!!!! Boycott Tokyo 2020 Radioactive Olympic!!

  21. I don't know what Japanese goverment is thinking and why there is no single protest from Japanese people. If they are hosting the games to show the world (or pretend) that their land is safe, they are being selfish and irresponsible. They have witnessed Japan is not safe anymore through the highly increased rate of cancer there today.

  22. Chernobyl area is still known as dangerous after more than 30 years. Japanese government claims Fukushima area is safe in 10 years already. WHAT A MIRACLE!!! (AND JOKE!!!)

  23. The Japanese government does not shamelessly apologize to the world for damage that they made.
    Rather, they continue to promote the falsehood that Fukushima is safe from radiation.
    In hospitals around Fukushima, the number of patients with thyroid problems has surged, and the government does not provide accurate official statistics on this.
    Japan is such a scary country.

  24. Radio active…yeah if you don't plan to have a baby, live in your own, please expose
    yourself to radio active. My god. Japanese do not eat produce from Fukushima and sold to hotel where most visitors stay. Good luck. sacrifices yourself

  25. Even more crazy thing is that Japanese government said that they will serve the sports players the foods from Fukushima.

  26. You miss the earth Radioactive. ABE hide that. 2012 report- 30% Radioactive area of japan , 2018 report – 70% Radioactive area of japan
    so Japanese don’t want to eat food from Fukushima . Just let  tuorist eat Radioactive Fukushima products. This is Japan !!
    you remember 731 !!

  27. Are you kidding? Do you have to put all the Olympians who should really care about their physical conditions into Fukushima???

  28. 우리는 이 상황에서 일본인들을 깊게 연구해야 된다. 역사적으로 자연재해가 많은 상황에서 생존을 위해서 질서가 굉장히 필요했을 텐데… 당연히 질서를 위해서 폭력도 굉장했을 터이다. 개인의 합리적인 의심이나 안위는 존재하는 공적인 질서나 폭력에 자취를 감추었을 터, 일본인들이 각성을 하지는 못할 것으로 예상이된다. 일본 정부나 공적인 폭력성이 일본인들을 manipulate 하고 있으니깐, 일본인은 자국내에서 착한 사람 컴플랙스가 걸린게 틀림이 없다. 현재 자신을 보호하기 위해서…! 미래의 일본인을 생각할 틈이 없겠지..!

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