O'Neill Wanning International Surfing Open makes waves on Hainan Island

Culture, Travel | by Aimee Groom
Posted: November 10th, 2010 | Updated: April 2nd, 2011 | Comments
[showtime] All photos © Steve Robertson, Surfing Australia Last weekend saw the third annual Hainan.  By all accounts, it was a roaring success (take a spin through the slideshow above for more beach & surf shots from the event).... Decent waves hit consistent one-meter heights for competitors from 12 countries around the world, but it was Aussie surfer Mark Matthews who took the crown of "Surfer of the Festival." Other big names that were ripping it up in China's tropical paradise were  Australians Rob Bain and Dane Jordan and Holly Beck and Robert "Wingnut" Weaver from the US. Wingnut (of China surfing scene for some time now, having been one of the first surfers ever to ride the Qiantang River Tidal Bore (a.k.a. The Silver Dragon) in Hangzhou. He'll surely be pleased to see that the Regional Association of Surfing Professional (ASP) has signed an agreement confirming the first ever world sanctioned professional surfing event in China for 2011. ASP rep Dane Jordan was clearly impressed with what he saw:
"Everyone here has enjoyed the hospitality of China and the Hainan Island people" said Jordan. "We have surfed a variety of breaks and the consistency and quality has been been very good -- the beaches, accommodation and all round facilities are top class and we will definitely endeavor to work with the government officials here in Hainan with the view to running an ASP event in 2011."
Well, we'll definitely be looking forward to hitting the beach and checking out some more top class surfing in Hainan at those events next year. China's favorite tropical island has been making a bit of a name for itself in the world of action sports in China. Coming up later this month is Asia's biggest kitesurfing event, the Haikou in the north, the competition is a platform for the region's riders (amateur and pro) to showcase their high-flying best and help push forward the prospects for kitesurfing in China. Follow the links for more related China Travel content on surfing in China and kitesurfing in China.

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