Qingdao: watch out for Chinese kitesurfers... | Photo: Bridget Coila

Water sports are growing in China and local enthusiasts are watching the first professional competitions in the territory.

China's National Kitesurfing Championships are being held in Qingdao, a major city in eastern Shandong province.

There are 40 sailors competing in a five-day event.

The Chinese kitesurfers will battle for a 1000 metre speed race challenge.