Ten Things You Need to Know About the 2012 Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival Presented by Quiksilver

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The perfect waves at Riyue Bay await the world’s best surfers to compete in the Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival Presented by Quiksilver. Photo: Sean Collins

Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival Presented by Quiksilver
January 7 to 14, 2012
Wanning, Hainan Island, China

From January 7 to 14, China will become the international surfing capital with the world’s top surfers competing in the Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival Presented by Quiksilver.

The ISA’s top 8 surfing nations, based on the results of the 2011 World Surfing Games, will contend in the ISA China Cup, featuring the National Teams from each country. Following the ISA China Cup will be the Hainan Classic, an ASP Men’s 4-Star contest, with the top professional surfers in a World Tour competition.

It will be the first time ever in the history of the country that surfing events of this magnitude take place.
The ten things you need to know about these historic ISA events are:

The 2012 Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival Presented by Quiksilver consist of two events:
1- The ISA China Cup, January 7 to 10
2- The Hainan Classic, an ASP Men’s 4-Star, January 11 to 14.

The ISA China Cup will be a team competition, gathering the top 8 nations ranked in the last ISA World Surfing Games.

The Hainan Classic will gather the world’s best surfers competing for a total prize purse of $ 95,000 USD. This historic competition will be the first ASP event ever in China to count towards the ASP Men’s World Ranking.

The eight nations that will compete in the ISA China Cup will be:
1. Australia
2. Brazil
3. France
4. Argentina
5. Peru
6. Venezuela
7. South Africa
8. USA

The Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival Presented by Quiksilver will be an annual event.

After a 21-year hiatus, the Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival Presented by Quiksilver will mark the return of a major ISA event to the Asian continent. The 1990 ISA World Surfing Championships were held in Chiba, Japan and were won by Australia.

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.

Over 140 surfers and officials will travel to China.

For the ISA China Cup each team will include:
4 Open Men
2 Open Women
2 Team Officials (coaches and team managers)

The eight nations will compete for the Open Men, Open Women and Team medals, and the prestigious ISA China Cup that will go to the team that earns the Gold medal with the highest points total in the overall team standings.

The Hainan Classic will have 100 competitors from over 15 countries competing for a prize purse of $ 95,000 USD.

The first edition of the Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival Presented by Quiksilver will officially open on January 7 with the ISA’s signature “Parade of Nations” and “Sands of the World Ceremony” on the beach at the event site in the city of Wanning. The participating countries will pour sand from their favorite beaches into a handmade glass container, representing the peaceful union of the nations through the love of the sport of surfing.

Full schedule below
Sat, 7 Jan – Parade of Nations, Sands of the World, Opening Ceremony and Media Conference
Sun, 8 Jan – ISA China Cup Competition Begins
Mon, 9 Jan – ISA Aloha Beach Party
Tue, 10 Jan – ISA China Cup Finals and Closing Ceremony
Wed, 11 Jan – Hainan Classic Competition Begins
Sat, 14 Jan – Hainan Classic Finals and Awards Presentation

Fast facts

-The event is taking place in the world’s most populous country, one with over 9,000 miles of coastline and 1,300,000,000 people. Riyue Bay is located on the southeast side of Hainan Island, about 20-30 minutes from the center of Wanning City, China.

-Respected surf forecaster Sean Collins, Founder and President of Surfline.com, was responsible to identify China’s most consistent and dependable surf spot for a major international surfing competition. After research that took him over three months, the recommended spot was Riyue Bay.

Collins remarked, “Hainan Island in China produces consistent fun surf during the winter (Dec, Jan, Feb), and especially during the month of January according to our research of swell patterns over the last 15 years. I am very impressed with the local setup of various good quality surf breaks around the Riyue Bay area that enjoy prevailing offshore winds and clean conditions during the best swells.”

“Riyue Bay is a left point break, the most exposed point on the large island. It is an “intermediate to low advanced” level wave on overhead swells with sweeping lefts and steep sections. There is a hollow section just outside the rocks on the outside where good surfers will get barreled. It has easy access and parking.”

Big names in surfing, including some former world champions, are expected to be part of the Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival Presented by Quiksilver.

About the International Surfing Association:

The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Para Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012; and World Para Surfing Champions in 2015.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Federations of 108 countries on five continents. The ISA is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (ARG). The Executive Committee includes four Vice-Presidents Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL), Athletes’ Commission Chair Justine Dupont (FRA), Regular Members Atsushi Sakai (JPN) and Jean Luc Arassus (FRA) and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as Ex-officio Member.

Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California (USA).