Hainan Surf Trip
Buy the ticket, take the ride.
I was scanning Surfline, day-dreaming I lived in Indonesia, looking at a seven day forecast of perfect waves when I decided to see if there were any waves en route to Red China. You may be laughing to yourself right now… Waves? China? You’ve gone crazy Alex.
Well it turns out theres an island off the southern coast of China called Hainan. And on this particular day I was stupefied to see a swell on its way to this lesser known surf destination.
This is all happening on a Friday. The Waves are hitting Hainan on Sunday. Revisit the beginning of the post to see the infamous quote by Hunter S. Thompson: “Buy the ticket, take the ride…” and we have reached a point where a decision needs to be made.
You don’t need to be much of a detective to figure out I bought the ticket, I went to Hainan and I got waves.
So fast forward to Sunday and I am in Hainan. I landed in Haikou and got on a train to get to Wanning where Riyue Bay is. My friend Alex also decided to meet me down in Hainan. He runs a company called iSurf. He was here in China just to check in at the factory that makes his stand up paddle boards and wake surf boards. If you live in the Midwest region of the states and need a SUP he’s your guy.
We arrived at Riyue bay around 2 on Sunday and were ecstatic to see there were waves. We dropped our stuff and got into the water as quickly as possible.
Side Note: I am in a group chat with a bunch of people in China that surf and I was introduced to Xiaojing who runs Riyue Bay Surf Club. They have a surf shop / reasturant / chill spot right on the beach. They also run a surf hostel which is a two minute walk down the road from the beach where we stayed at. Super helpful and friendly people.
The waves were bite sized but still a lot of fun. We were expecting a lot bigger. Surfline was forecasting double over head but this was still a good time. The water was incredibly warm and not nearly as dirty as I expected. My expectations were pretty low for an island in China but was surprised at how tropical it felt. If you live in China and want a cheep getaway. This is your place.
After I got out of the water I broke out the camera.
This dog had some style
Mini ramp on the beach.
Outdoor shower on the beach.
The walk over to the beach from the hostel. About 2 minutes.
The next day when Alex and I were out in the water, I noticed something on the beach and it took me a minute to believe my eyes that I was looking at camels. I have never laughed so hard while surfing. After getting out of the water these camels were still chilling with no care in the world. They must have been domesticated because they have reins on and were super calm when I took photos of them. Heres to camels in China.
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