China Travel: Compared to the kinds of places you're usually riding, with crystal clear waters, palm trees and nice beaches, how does surfing down a river through an industrial city in China compare? Jamie: It's a great contrast to what I'm usually surfing in definitely. It's a trip, y'know... you're zooming down the wave on the river and look over and see a fifty-floor building to your left and then also, there's the crowd on the sidewalk watching you. You can actually hear them cheering you on and actually feel the energy of the people. That kind of runs through you and gets you even more adrenalized to ride the wave and you almost feel like the energy of the people is flowing through you, and flowing through the wave and it's just a full circle; it channels it all and gives you this burst of energy. China Travel: You were saying before that you think China will soon be producing surfers... how long do you think it's going to take for them to really reach a competitive level? [pullquote]you almost feel like the energy of the people is flowing through you, and flowing through the wave and it's just a full circle; it channels it all and gives you this burst of energy.[/pullquote]Jamie: I think in the next two years I can probably come back and be surfing with Chinese people. Maybe even another year if people are already dabbling with it now and they can get some consistency. There's also stand-up paddling which is another form of surfing and a great cross-training tool. I recommend they do some stand-up paddling to improve their balance and overall strength—it kind of lets them appreciate the ocean more... you can stand up paddle even when there are no waves. That's the beautiful thing about it, you can do it all year long. So if people can do that and be on the typhoon swells when they are there, it will allow Chinese surfers to progress, maybe not to professional level but at least to a level where they can have fun with it and I could surf with them, and that would be a beautiful thing. China Travel: You travel over the world. What is the one thing you would never leave home without? Jamie: Oh well, (laughing) I guess if I was going to any spot where there was a body of water, it'd probably be a surfboard! China Travel: Ha, yes, good answer. OK, next question. If you had to describe your China experience in three words, what would they be? Jamie: Hmmm, my China experience is... an abundance of food, really good massages and really nice tea. China Travel: Have you sampled the Longjing tea here and visited the tea fields around Hangzhou? It's pretty famous in China. Jamie: No, I haven't had the chance. I always bring some fresh tea home with me though. It's one of the souvenirs I bring back for friends for presents and stuff, and for myself. China Travel: And how about describing yourself in three words? Jamie: Myself in three words? Happy and open-minded. China Travel: Do you think you'll be coming back again next year? Jamie: Yeah, for sure, if I'm invited! Find out more about on Jamie and his travels on his blog, and click the link for more China Travel content on surfing in China.