In an effort to promote Hualien's tourism industry as well as exchanges between Taiwan and Japan, close to 100 riders took off on 47 jet skis from Hualien Harbor on May 9, and headed to Ishigaki one of Japan's outlying islands. The one-way distance to the island is 275 kilometers, the riders had to ride for a total distance of more than 600 kilometers to overcome unsteady sailing conditions and they returned to Taiwan on May 13.
One after another, the jet skis make an appearance at Hualien Harbor, marking the successful return from their trip to Ishigaki, Japan.
(Are you happy?) I'm quite happy about it. (How long did you ride?) Almost six hours.
On May 9, a total of 47 jet skis and riders from all across Taiwan congregated at Hualien Harbor. They traversed a route measuring 275 kilometers to Ishigaki, Japan in an effort to promote Hualien's tourism industry. They returned to Taiwan on May 13, concluding an arduous five-day journey.
Although we checked the weather forecast, which predicted that the waves would raise to up to 1.2 meters, we encountered waves up to 3 meters during our journey. Thanks to our training, we were able to handle the unexpected situation.
Due to the unsteady sailing situation, the total distance of the two-way trip added to more than 600 kilometers. The team also had to deal with 2 of their jet skis breaking down during the trip and eventually managed to finish the journey.
The feeling of concluding the journey is great. This has been an extraordinary challenge. We are all very happy.
The last time the riders went to Japan for an exchange was 2012. The successful completion of this journey also marks another successful effort in grass-root diplomacy, and the team hopes they can get to do it again in the future.