Steven’s Blog – January Sessions

Here are a few pictures from recent sessions at Riyuewan.  These pictures are courtesy of a visitor at Riyuewan who was traveling through China with her mom and two sons.  Thank you, visitor, these pictures are better than any I’ve gotten all year.


Javier demonstrating some surfing skills.



And repeats.  The fisheye lens that I took this picture with makes the wave look like a bomb.


Nice move.


Tie Zhuang ditches his shortboard for a log.


That’s the GoPro camera hanging out of the back of my suit.  Thought I’d take a break from taking video and catch one.


January 26th 2011年1月26日


Another super fun day up at Riyuewan. It was about chest-high at Ladies with just three of us until three or four more paddled out. Some nice clean waves were rolling through. Not quite as consistent as one would wish, but good enough. Gorgeous shot by Steve below.

Javier at Ladies 来自美国加州的秘鲁人Javier在日月湾‘女生’玩一个非常漂亮的浪

See previous Report and Forecast entries.

January 25th 2010年1月25日

Another super fun day at Riyuewan. Chest- to shoulder-high sets coming through. Got some more good footage. It was a bit sunnier, but still not super clean. Warmer though, toasty in a full 3/2.



This is George from Huntington Beach, California. He came here with his mate Drew from New Jersey for a ten-day surf trip. 这是George来自美国加州的。他和他朋友今天从美国刚来。


This was his first session of the trip. 这个是他第一次在中国冲浪


He’s pretty stoked 他非常高兴


A visiting English surfer goes down sideways after digging a rail 这个英国伙子甩掉了!

Video from January 23rd 2011年1月23日的视频

Chest- to shoulder-high on the set here in Riyuewan today. I took the gopro out and got some pretty decent, if not cloudy, video footage from the water. See video below. I got some clips of Joe, Tiezhuang, Lao Lai, an older Japanese surfer, and Javier Huarcaya from XTR.



Steven’s Blog – January 22, 2011

I’ve been in San Francisco for the past two weeks where the weather was on the cold and damp for the most part.  There were a few days in there that the temperature broke the 60 degree ceiling and the sun came out.  Sanya has SF beat for weather and sheer availability of late night food.  I went to In N Out with some friends the night before I came back to China.  There was a giant who ordered three burgers to himself in front of me at line and a bunch of kids wearing rave clothes sitting with their parents.  That’s what I’m saying, in China I can avoid eating burgers with an eclectic crowd of people late at night if I choose to.  Here are some pictures from my trip up Wuzhishan last month plus a couple random ones.



A hike up Wuzhishan during December.  This photo was taken from an outcropping near the summit.


Thank god there was a screen over the window in our bathroom at the rainforest in Wuzhishan.  This photo doesn’t do justice to the size of this spider.


Water buffalo lurking on the roads around Wuzhishan.


…and then you get on the board and flap your arms about helplessly while making bleating seal noises.  Any questions?  Oh god, I’m so depressed.


Bitter melon growing in my neighborhood.


Yansan Gong II: the slowest bike in China.  My first Yansan was stolen from outside the shop so I went to buy a new one only to discover that bike shop was only selling a smaller version of my tiny bike.


Julieta’s Blog – Discovering new surf spots in Hainan – 新发现的冲浪的地方在海南。

22nd January, 2011 – 2011年 1月 22日

We had an amazing 4m swell coming last week, Brendan call me on Tuesday and offer me a lift to the east coast so I decided to spend my days off up there and some more time with Joe before he head back to the US. There are so many breaks undiscovered in this island so when these big swells get to Hainan is perfect timing to explore the coast looking for new spots that wouldn’t work with smaller waves.  Joe was very excited about his last session in a beach at around 20 minutes north from Riyuewan so he ask me if I would like to check it out with him. The point looked good but I couldn’t say no to a new spot plus western style lunch with a lot of cheese and homemade bread at a 5 star hotel in Shimeibay (after 7 month in China it is easy to miss some western food).

上周有4米的浪!周二小龙请我去日月湾跟Joe 玩。这样我决定在妈妈饭店住到周三。在海南岛没发现的冲浪地方有很多。浪高的时候就是最好的时间去找新的冲浪的地方。Joe 请我,啊文和豆腐跟他一起往北走20分钟就可以冲浪那个地方了和在案美酒电车西餐。 我无法拒绝这一切。

Even if Christophe always complains about Joe dropping in his waves he joined us and helped us to setup the boards on Ah wen’s new car.

Ah Wen, where did you found that car?

Joe insisted to stop over a hill to look at the scenery, I couldn’t believe what I had in front my eyes:

Joe 坚持在山上停一下看风景, 我无法相信眼前的一切:

Just perfect clean empty lines

I get very excited each time I try a new spot, specially when the waves are over head and you have to paddle out at least 300m to reach the point break, that’s a loong paddle but It’s also a very loong ride too.

This way Joe show me his favourite way to spend the day in Hainan. It was great, we had a tasty meal afterwards I order a creamy Smoked Salmon Linguine with some big pieces of Parmesan on top, it just couldn’t been better.

We end up hanging around the hotel and playing at the fitness center as if we had never seen a gym before:

Christophe stretches wearing his usual Indonesian dress.

The forecast is looking pretty good from Tuesday on with a 3m swell, not very windy and pretty warm sunny weather. Contact us for more information on surf lessons and trips to the east coast.

See my previous blogs here.