Three years after a devastating earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, San Diego-based author Kimball Taylor traveled to the area to examine the impact on Northern Japan’s surfing community. His gripping first-hand account profiles a committed group of surfers that had initially struggled to justify playing in an ocean that had so recently taken thousands of lives, but which was once again beginning to find a semblance of normal life.
“After the Wave” originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of SURFER. This digital publication
features all-new exclusive content, including an audio reading of the piece, candid follow-up interviews with Taylor and his translator, a timeline of the ongoing ordeal of the Fukushima disaster, and reports on Japan’s attempts to stave off further environmental degradation.