China has some of the best athletes in the world, but surfing is still making its first steps into the mainstream. Here’s how it looks in 2017. In Zhuhai, a city located in the South China Sea, there is a surf spot called Golden Beach, which is very suitable for surfing beginners, and it’s one of the few places where it is allowed to surf in the region. A Cai is a 37-year old surfer from the neighboring city of Jiangmen. He is an electrical engineer, a father of two children, and one of the very few surfers who catch waves on this beach.
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A Chinese surfing story
Alex Ribeiro has taken out the 2017 Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing at New Pier, in Durban. Despite the onshore wind, Dairy Beach delivered contestable three-to-four-foot waves for the last day of the prestigious South African surfing competition, a QS3,000 rated event. In an all-Brazilian final, Ribeiro needed over 15 waves to find two high scores that would defeat Hizunome Bettero. The former Championship Tour campaigner is looking forward to requalifying in 2018 for the elite tour.
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Alex Ribeiro wins the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing
Matt Wilkinson has taken out the 2017 Outerknown Fiji Pro. Wilkinson confirmed the third Championship Tour victory of his career after defeating rookie sensation Connor O’Leary in a tight final held in wind-affected four-to-five-foot waves at Cloudbreak. “I am so stoked. It definitely feels good to pick up momentum rather than to have the yellow jersey to lose. Now, I have it to keep,” said Matt Wilkinson.
Matt Wilkinson conquers the 2017 Outerknown Fiji Pro
Kelly Slater, the patron of the 2017 Outerknown Fiji Pro, has been knocked out of competition in Round 3. The waves were not big, but they were fun. Cloudbreak delivered four-to-five foot surf and sent a few top seeds home early. For example, Connor O’Leary eliminated Slater. “It is always tough to win that low scoring, but I am over the moon. I thought the energy was there at the start, but as soon as the trades came up, it went to nothing. I was glad I had two average scores to finish it off,” said O’Leary.
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Underdogs dominate the 2017 Outerknown Fiji Pro
Hawaiian surfer hero Bethany Hamilton has been named the Waterman of the Year 2017. The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) decided to honor pro surfer Bethany Hamilton with the prestigious award for her inspirational work in the surfing community. Despite losing her left arm in a shark attack in 2003, the young and talented athlete didn’t stop surfing, competing and participating in motivational conferences and events.
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Bethany Hamilton is the Waterman of the Year 2017