The 2012 Swatch Pro China event at Riyue Bay beach from November 21st to 25th gathered together the world’s best surfers, as well as an increasing number of domestic surfers.

Dashan, the owner of a surfing club at Riyue Bay was impressed by the changes seen in Wanning which is emerging as a popular surfing destination in China.

"I first came here to surf one year ago. Back then, most of the surfers were expats living in China, but now most of the people at my club are Chinese.”

This year saw four Chinese surfers enter the final of the competition, the most the event has seen so far. All of those who competed gave great performances, particularly Taipei’s contestant Zhou Wenling, who defeated the Brazilian surfer Fernanda Daichtman with a 12.5 point high score in the second round of the competition, taking him through to the third round of the competition.

With more international attention being paid to Wanning’s ideal surfing conditions, Riyue Bay has attracted increasing numbers of surfing enthusiasts compared with that of last year. Many of the domestic competitors at this year’s event have competed several times over the last couple of years.

Wanning is beginning to build a reputation as one of the top surfing spots in the world after the success of hosting two Swatch Pro China events, the Hainan Classic and the ASP Men contest. The international events have attracted surfing professionals from all over the world, including Holly Beck, Sam Bleakley, Emiliano Cataldi and Erwan Simon.

Translated by WOS Team
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