Ching, chong, Chinaman instead of ching, chong, cha for three lucky EP surfers who have been selected in the 4 person team to represent SA at the ASP GoPro World Longboard Champs in China this December.
Shot to Grant Beck. Hannah Bing and Margreet Wibbelink for flying the EP flag high. Matthew Moir from WP is the other team member.
The event will run from December 5-12 at the lefthand pointbreak Riyue Bay off Hainan Island, China. China? Yip, China. Kind of a weird place to have a world champs, but the ASP are all about growing the sport (and viewership figures) so are keen to inspire the nation of over 1 billion peeps to surf. Ah, maybe not such a good idea!
Looks like a pretty fun wave for the goofy's though, so good luck to our team!
China's better known for it's river surfing wave than it's coastal surf. The Qiantang River in Hangzhou has a famous river bore wave known as the Silver Dragon.
Each autumn, a massive tidal bore -- a wave that travels against the current -- surges up the river. At nine-meters high and traveling at 40 kilometers per hour, the Silver Dragon is the largest tidal bore in the world and so powerful that only a small number of hefty commercial boats are allowed on the river at the same time.
Surfers take it on with jetski's and it's worth a google to check out some of the footage. Decent sized waves for sure.