The 2013 Skullcandy Surfing Hainan Open, in its sixth year, will be held over November 2nd and 3rd. The longest running surf competition in Hainan is a local favorite, and a proving ground for the best surfers in China. A two-day event, held on the first weekend of November as per tradition, will be presented by audio brand Skullcandy.
Skullcandy’s China Marketing Manager Elijah Kislevitz said “We are stoked to again be the presenting sponsor for this great event. Every year the caliber of the local surfers improves, and I look forward to seeing how far everyone has come.” On board as co-sponsors are Blue Hawaii, Vans, XSories, and Surfing Wanning, with media sponsorship from China Surf Report.
Organized by the Riyue Bay Surf Club, the event not only attracts surfers from China and abroad, but also attracts brings out many beach-lovers, and is the best weekend surf party in Hainan. Competition Director Brendan Sheridan said “We expect 40 competitors, and two to three hundred attendants. While the competition is fierce, the vibe on the beach is great. We are proud to have an event that so many people look forward to each year.”
The even will feature six divisions – Men’s Shortboard, Women’s Shortboard, Men’s Longboard, Women’s Longboard, Mixed Under 16s, and Mixed Stand Up Paddleboard.
In the shortboard divisions, Edouard Moreau will look to defend his title from last year in the Men’s division, while facing competition from Chinese-American Daniel Lau, long-time Surfing Hainan Open competitor and winner of Best Wave at last year’s competition. In the Women’s division, Zhou Wenling, from Taiwan, will be returning to defend her title from 2012.
In longboarding, Chen Dongming, will come from Taiwan and look to defeat local favorites, Tie Zhaung and Zac Mo in the Men’s division. In Women’s, Swatch-sponsored surfer Darci Liu will look to take the prize in front of her home crowd, but will have her work cut out for her against Brazilian talent Chloe Camon. Chloe is no stranger to the left hand point break in Riyue Bay, having been competing in the Swatch Girls Pro event for the last two years.
Concerning the Under 16s division, Riyue Bay Surf Club owner Zeng Shan said “I can’t wait to see how our local surf team performs. We have been training them for the last year, and we can’t believe how quickly they have progressed.” They will face stiff competition from both Joe Keough and Wolf Wertheimer, both Hong Kong nationals, who finished first and second in the Under 16s division last year.
In the Stand Up Paddleboard division, Russian national Yaroslav Klokov will look to best Riyue Bay local Huang Wen, amongst others.
In addition to the cash purse and sponsor prizes to the top four finishers of each division, the local surfers have the additional incentive of being able to capture a wildcard spot into three upcoming ASP competitions in Hainan. There will be one wildcard spot for the Swatch Girls Pro (Nov 20-24) and one for the Citic Pacific Pro (Nov 25-29) awarded to the highest-placing Chinese national in the Women’s and Men’s Longboard divisions, as well as wildcard spots for the Hainan Classic (Jan 2014) awarded to the two highest-placing Chinese nationals in the Men’s Shortboard division.
Dane Jordan, ASP Australasia’s General Manager, said “The Surfing Hainan Open is a fantastic event and great opportunity for the local surf community. ASP is happy to support the Surfing Hainan Open and the local surf community be awarding these wildcards. It’s exciting to see surfing continue to progress in China.”