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After having been flat for a long time finally we got some Typhoon waves this week in Dadonghai beach, all the local surfers are pretty stoked. The 23rd is the first day the Typhoon brought waves, most of the waves were over head high but not very clean, and the waves were breaking way too fast. Also there was not much time between sets so it was very difficult to paddle out.
The next day June 24th, Waves were perfectly clean before the tide dropped at around 4pm, then the wind died down and the waves got very clean. Most of the sets were shoulder to head high - it was definitely a fun day for all the Long boarders and short boarders.
Monica Guo Riding the Typhoon waves on the nose, one of the best Chinese surfer girl。
China's mainland surfing community may have missed out on this summer's typhoon season, but with Typhoon Hagupit looming off the North coast of the Philippians and headed South of Hong Kong, surfers in China are waxing up their boards and preparing for a few days of solid surfing.
As all surfers know, typhoon swells bring waves and waves bring surfers out from their hiding places among the rest of society to embrace the oncoming surf with a zest and fortitude that makes some think of them as a crazy lot. While others are boarding up their windows and bringing their laundry, surfers in China are pulling out their big wave boards and planning how to get to the often inaccessible surf spots.
While summer is often the prime season for surfing in Hong Kong and Hainan Island, this past season has not produced nearly as many surfable days as 2007's epic surf season. But with summer all but a fading memory, winter's East coast facing beaches are poised to take on the ensuing swell from Hagupit... and local surfers are ready.
"Yeah, this summer's been a bummer," claims local surfer Matt Hammond - operator of SanyaSurf.com: a website dedicated to surfing in Hainan, "usually we get a couple decent typhoons passing to the South of us during the summer, but this year they've all passed East of the Philippians."
They say you can plan a picnic but not predict the weather, well for surfers in China, this Tuesday through Friday should bring consistent surf with waves reaching heights of up to 3.5 meters in some locations. For those who know how to find the best spots, it could be a magical week and a great early kickoff to the winter season.
2500 miles of coastal beaches and bays line Hainan Island’s tropical shores which attract tourists from around the world to it’s laid-back lifestyle and tropical atmosphere, with thousands of tourists flocking to the island to enjoy SCUBA diving, golf, boating; and more and more often – Surfing. Hainan boasts several other high-profile events such as the Boao Forum and the International Miss World Competition, as well as several other international athletic events including the Tour of Hainan and the FIVB Beach Volleyball tour among a long list of other events.
While Brendan Sheridan of Surfing Hainan has run the contest for the past two years as an independent event, this year he will be teaming up with O”Neill and the Chinese National Government for the first ever Wanning International Surf Festival to be held at Riyue Wan (roughly 100 miles up the East Coast of Hainan from Sanya City). With additional funding and exposure, Sheridan has beefed up the lineup card with several high-profile professional surfers, and an expanded field of both contestants and judges that will participate across four divisions including: shortboard, longboard, bodyboard, and stand up paddleboard.
Over a two day extended-weekend, sponsored professionals Holly Beck, Wingnut, Emilliano Cataldi, and Sam Bleakley will surf in the same waves as emerging local standouts such Da Hai, Darci Liu Hammond, and Tie Zhuang. Other international surfers who have been fostered into surfing in Hainan’s warm waters will also be contesting in the amateur division, and locals are expecting strong performances from Britain’s James Farquar, Julieta Hepner from Argentina, and Jose Espinoza from Venezuela.
With a steady swell approaching Hainan from the East, surfers and spectators alike are looking forward to waves in the 4-6 foot range and tailing off throughout the event. The Riyue Bay lineup features a long grinding left point-break that can peel for up to 200 meters when the conditions are good, and contest will be scored on a 0-10 rating system by a trio of judges, with the best average score across a surfer’s best two waves determining the outcome of each 4 or 6 man heat.
The event is surely to be a festive occasion with live music, DJs, games, prizes, and lots of food and drink. For the local Sanya surf community, this is also a rare opportunity to see some of world’s most talented surfers push themselves in local waves, and likewise for surfers who otherwise might not have Hainan listed in their immediate travel plans to help inspire the sport of surfing in Hainan and throughout China.