For anyone looking to hit up some waves, Hainan is the place to head next month with the Hainan Surf Open rolling in on November 6-8.
We've been talking a lot about surfing in China recently: looking at action sports in China, chatting to pro surfer and big wave guru Jamie Sterling who was hanging ten in Hangzhou last month to tackle the Qiantang River Tidal Bore, a famous river wave also known as the Silver Dragon.
From everyone we spoke to, it seems there is a future for surfing in China, and right now, that future is pointing to Hainan. At last year's comp, China Travel talked to Brendan Sheridan one of the founders of surfing in Hainan and how the relatively clean beaches, consistent waves and one of the lowest surfer-to-wave rations in the world are leading to a burgeoning scene of radness.
This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever with rockin' beach parties and BBQs galore alongside all the on-the-water action. To enter the comp costs RMB 400 and it's open to all, intermediate and above. For beginners there'll be plenty of opportunities to test out your surf legs and of course, there's all the glories of sunny Sanya to keep you entertained away from the waves.
For the full lowdown on the competition, including registration forms and scheduling, head to the Hainan Surf Open event website.
Click the following links to find great prices on what to do in Sanya--when you're not surfing that is!