Hainan Island is the surf capital of China

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.

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Surfing the endless wave of Pororoca

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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Cloud 9: the perfect wave of the Sirgao Island

Cloud 9 is one of the best surf spots in the world. Located in the Sirgao Island, Philippines, this is an incredible wave touched by the Pacific Ocean swell and winds.

Surfing in Cloud 9 is a remarkable and stunning experience. The best months to hit the waves occur between September and March. Cloud 9 offers a thick and hollow barreling left/right-hander ride and was discovered by the American photographer John S. Callahan, in the late 80s.

The reef break delivers perfect waves with offshore SW winds, NE swell and around high tide, when the tide is rising. Make sure to protect your head with a surf helmet and prepare for more or less serious wipe outs if you're a beginner.

Although it can get a bit crowed, the famous wave can be surfed without boat support. If it's flat or too crowded at Cloud 9, check other surf spots nearby, where you can also enjoy perfect surf sessions.

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