For the first time in the sport’s history, the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) will bring surfing to China this season with the SWATCH GIRLS PRO China.
From the 26th – 30th October, the best female longboarders in the world will meet at the ASP Women’s Longboard Title at the City of Wanning on the Island of Hainan – China’s first ever international pro surfing competition. The 2011 Champion for this event will be crowned at the end of the competition.
ASP World Long-board Tour Manager Al Hunt explains that the race is still wide open. “The scenario is that any of the 32 girls can still win the 2011 World Longboard Title,” said Hunt, “although obviously the top four would be favourites.”
The top 4 favourites are from the Roxy Pro France; Lindsay Steinriede (USA), Jennifer Smith (USA), Ophelie Ah-Kouen (REU) and Kassia Meador (USA).
Kassia Meador, a Swatch Pro Team rider and currently #3 in the world, is thoroughly looking forward to the experience. “I’m super excited about going to China for the first time,” she said. “I am always up for a rad adventure and the chance to learn about a new culture. There are so many talented girls in this event. It will be a really exciting time and I’m really looking forward to it.”
It’s not the first time Hainan Island has appeared on our radar screen, it’s a great scuba diving destination too, and already has a bit of a surf culture. The largest golf complex in the world is also being constructed here, called Mission Hills Haikou. When it is completed there will be 22 courses, 396 holes!Located in the South China Sea it is China’s smallest province event though it is made up of about two hundred islands scattered among three archipelagos of which Hainan is the largest. It’ll be a wonderful location for the SWATCH GIRLS PRO Championship longboard event and it will certainly be exotic.
feature photo courtesy of www.swatchgirlspro.com