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Thursday, 25 September 2008 18:14

China’s Surfers Await Typhoon Hagupit

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
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 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.


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Sanya, Hainan Island, China – Surfing in China has never been a popular past-time, but with the government sponsored Wanning International Surf Festival being held this weekend on Sunday and Monday just a short drive from Sanya’s International Tourist Zone, sponsors such as O’Neil and Surfing Hainan hope to boost China’s interest in surfing along with the International surfing community’s interest in China as a surf destination.

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.
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Wednesday, 20 August 2008 16:54

About Hainan Surfing

With over 112 miles of coastline, Hainan Island in the South China Sea offers a plethora of surfing and watersport venues for the adventurous traveler.  A tropical climate and seasonal typhoons add to the surfing allure, and more than a handful of expats have discovered a largely untapped surfer's paradise in this remote corner of China.With direct flights into Sanya and Hainan, getting to Hainan Island is not difficult, though it is still quite apparent that up until about 20 years ago, this place was nothing more than a forgotten wasteland that traditionally served as the last bastion of exiles from China's Imperial periods.  Sanya in the South also receives direct flights from Russia, creating an interesting mixture of Western, Chinese, and Russian influences (most street signs and menus are translated into Russian).  Not surprisingly, Sanya also hosts a few Russian surfers who have picked up the sport (locally I presume).Surfing in Hainan is focused on two primary areas: the Eastern coast which catches mostly winter swells, and the Southern coast (Sanya), which has access to both East-facing beaches as well as a few South-facing beaches that catch swell during the summer months.Sanya is made up of Sanya Bay, Dadonghai, and Yalong Bay, with Dadonghai serving as the main focal point of surfing on the Island.  Surfboard rentals and lessons are offered by a number of small operations, with Brendon and Dahai's Surfing Hainan providing the most established and well-respected service in the area.  While Sanya Bay and Yalong Bay may occasionally be blessed with waves during heavy typhoons, the most reliable and consistent local break is certainly Dadonghai Beach.  During the Winter, a 30 minute drive to Ho-Hai beach at Haitang Wan delivers adequate surfing when Sanya's beaches go flat in the winter.The most difficult aspect to surfing in Hainan is access.  Without a vehicle, you're going to be stuck on the crowded beaches of Dadonghai waiting out endless flat-spells while waiting for waves.  While you can hire taxis for the day, it is often quite difficult to manage boards and directions, especially when you consider that most decent breaks are down dirt roads that otherwise lead to nowhere.  Best bet is to make friends with the locals or hire a surf guide to show you the best spots and organize transportation for you.  There ARE incredible breaks in the area, but only for those who know where they are and how to get there.



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Thursday, 25 September 2008 18:15

September 18, 2008

It's been so flat, it's getting depressing.  I'm starting to doubt the existence of decent surf in Dadonghai.  Bring on winter.
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