- 09 January 2012 | Travel
Surfing in China is all about discovering waves in the 14,500 kilometres of coastline. People's Republic of China might be the most populous state in the world, but surfing is still not the main sports attraction for the 1.3 billion citizens of the country.
China shares maritime boundaries with South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, countries were surfers are more common in the regional surf spots.
Surfing in China was just a mirage in the beginning of the 21st century, but fortunately everything's changing. The foreign surfing community has been discovering the ocean treasure of China and the country is falling in love with the sport of riding waves.
The Hainan Island is undoubtedly the capital of surfing in China. Located in the South China Sea, Hainan Island gets multiple swells from northeastern and southern currents. Its beautiful sand beaches and warm climate have helped to develop a stable touristic offer for surfers and their families.
The heart of the Chinese surfing communities has two different prime surfing regions. In the east coast of Hainan Island, look for several surf opportunities between Ganzhe Dao and Xincun Gang. In this strip, there are great surf spots for the winter season: Shimei Bay, the famous Riyue Bay, Ho-Hai Beach and "Matos".
During the summer season, China's best waves are located in the south of Hainan Island. The surf spots of Sanya Bay, Dadonghai Bay, Yalong Bay and "One Man Left" could easily be surfed near Sanya.
The tropical climate makes of Hainan Island "the Chinese Hawaii" statute of a surfer's paradise in the Asian region. Western surfers and surf industry entrepreneurs have already moved to the south of the island to establish the first surf-related businesses in the history of modern China.