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. (Read more…)