The 11th Wanning International Surfing Competition will be held in Hainan’s coastal city of Wanning from December 30, 2020 to January 10, 2021.
A press conference was held on December 27, 2020. (Su Guichu)
The two-week long competition will host both the China Champion Tour for Surfing, which will kick off on December 31, 2020 at Wanning’s Riyue Bay, and the Stand Up Paddling China Championships, which will take place from January 9 to 10, 2021 at Wanning’s Shimei Bay. The prizes for the competitions will range from 300 to 3,000 yuan.
Riyue Bay in Wanning is one of just a handful of surfing locations in the world that boasts both high quality beach breaks and reef breaks. The water is crystal clear, and its annual average temperature hovers around 26.5℃, making it a great place for surfing all year round. From October to March, waves topping 2 meters tall are frequent and fast, making the Riyue Bay the best surfing destination in China. In addition to popular Riyue Bay, there are several other spots in Wanning where you can surf, such as Shimei and Nanyan Bays. Linking these surfing hotspots together, Wanning is creating an integrated surfing industry.
Ji Hao, deputy mayor of Wanning City, explained that more than a dozen surf clubs have been set up in Riyue Bay, and the city will also create a surfing industry chain integrating surfing equipment, clothing, trademarks, sponsorship, training systems, rehabilitation and product display, while improving supporting facilities to meet surfers’ demand for unique hostels and boutique hotels, in an effort to build up the surfing industry and better contribute to the construction of the Hainan Free Trade Port.
Zhang Min, deputy head of the Water Sports Management Center of China’s General Administration of Sport, said that Wanning’s Riyue Bay offers high quality surfing conditions, and has seen an increasing number of surfers. The Water Sports Management Center plans to introduce winter sports to the city to enrich the local sports industry and further boost economic development.