There are a large number of surfing spots in Kochi, and they are famous in Japan for their good waves. There are many venues for not only domestic surfing competitions but also international ones. Because Kochi stretches east to west extensively, surfers can enjoy different atmospheres and waves in both the eastern and western parts of Kochi. Surfing points are also at river mouths, reefs and beaches, making it possible for both beginners and advanced-level surfers to enjoy the water sport. Shikoku is a popular destination for surfing-loving travelers.