These amazing pix from photographer John Callahan are a clear sign that this year’s Surfing Hainan Open is nearly upon us.

The event runs from November 6th-8th and the Hainan Government is funding it generously this year, so there’s all kinds of new stuff going on, including this recent promotional photoshoot with big-name surfers Emilliano Cataldi, Erwan Simon, Holly Beck, and Sam Bleakley. For more pictures, click here.

The local government flew the surf maestros down to Hainan specifically to promote the Surfing Hainan Open and the Hainan Surf Festival, which are being staged simultaneously. They will be back again to take part in next month’s event.

We'll also be at the event, running a Waboba penalty shoot-out with the new ball and glove sets, and we’ll be making the Waboba Flyer and rackets available for people to try out there and then.

The Bounceologist will be running the live coverage on the Surfing Hainan Open website again, but this time we’ll have a full team of presenters (in both English and Chinese) and a professional cameraman recording footage that we will upload to the site throughout the competition.

It promises to be the coolest party of the year again, especially since Hainan Beer (don’t you just love ‘em?) will be back again serving free beer throughout the event.

It’s the event of the year for us. I can’t wait.