Hainan Island: the Chinese Hawaii

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".

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Pororoca: surfing the endless wave

The ultimate dream of a surfer is to ride the endless wave. The dream may become reality if you're in Brazil, at the right time. Pororoca is considered one of the longest surfable waves in the world. This tidal bore is located in the huge Amazon and can only be surfed twice in a year.

Pororoca delivers up to 12-foot river waves, during the dry season, in February and March. But, watch out. Pororoca is a dangerous wave and is only suitable for experienced surfers.

The water is full of trees, debris, crocodiles, piranhas and snakes. Also, the wave is so fast you won't be able to catch it up again. The amazing Pororoca should be surfed with a boat or jet ski support.

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