I’m not sure how believable this report is, but if it’s true, then there are big plans afoot for surfing in 2011.
The report says that the recent visit by professional surfers Holly Beck, Sam Bleakley, Emiliano Cataldi, and Erwan Simon was part of a reconnaisance trip designed to find a suitable venue in China for the country’s first Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) international surfing event, with support from ASP Australasia.
The report quotes ASP Australasia’s Tour manager Dane Jordan, who travelled to the coastline two weeks ago weeks ago.
“Hainan Island offers the perfect setting for the sport of surfing – Crystal clear blue water, white sandy beaches and a variety of quality tropical waves makes it is an ideal venue to showcase China to the world” said Jordan.
“ We are working closely with the government agencies, tourism authorities and U1st Sports with the view to hopefully creating a new stop on the ASP World Tour aiming for a significant shortboard or longboard event in China during 2011 which would offer huge benefits to the sport of surfing in China and Internationally.”
The hope, the report said, is to elevate the event to WQS star status.
The ASP will be sending ten professional surfers to the Surfing Hainan Open on November 6-8.
If you are heading on down, be sure to look out for the various Waboba stalls and activities. We’ll be looking forward to meeting you.