From January 25 to 30, China will become the international surfing capital with the world’s top surfers competing on their National Teams in the ISA China Cup followed by a second surfing competition, the Hainan Classic, an ASP Men’s 4-Star contest.
The three-day ISA China Cup will feature the finest surfers from the top eight qualifying countries, based on the National Team results from the 2012 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship held last July in Playa Colorado, Nicaragua.
National Team surfers will include former World Tour competitors Sunny Garcia (HAW) and Cory Lopez for the USA, Sofia Mulanovich for Peru, and Mitch Crews from Australia, and others. Each country will field a National Team of 4 men and 2 women vying for team and individual gold medals.
Immediately following completion of the event, the Hainan Classic, an ASP Men's 4-Star with a $ 95,000 USD prize-purse, will commence. Much like the ISA China Cup, the contest will draw surfers from all over the globe, but instead of competing for their country, surfers will be vying for individual ASP World Ranking points. Aside from many of the top male competitors from the ISA China Cup, other surfers confirmed to be attending include, Puerto Rican Brian Toth and many other top athetles from around the world.
History of the event
The second edition of the Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival will be a historic event, the result of the combined efforts of the ISA, its partner in China, Womei Advertising, the Governments of Hainan Island and the City of Wanning.
An unprecedented happening in China, a country of 1.3 billion people and 9,000-plus miles of coastline with very little surf culture to speak of. The plan is for the Festival to serve as the initial spark in nurturing surfing in China. The Festival is the joint work of the ISA and Womei Media, which is a Beijing sports and media organization.
The ISA’s vision is to develop the sport of surfing across China’s long coast, and the ISA has partnered with Beijing Womei Advertising, the China National Water Sports Association, the Hainan Culture and Sports Department and the Wanning Sports Bureau, who are all working for a better surfing future.