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China’s Surfers Await Typhoon Hagupit
China's mainland surfing community may have missed out on this summer's typhoon season, but with Typhoon Hagupit looming off the North coast of the Philippians and headed South of Hong Kong, surfers in China are preparing for the best surf in months.
As all surfers know, typhoon swells bring waves and waves bring surfers out from their hiding places among the rest of society to embrace the oncoming surf with a zest and fortitude that makes some think of them as a crazy lot. While others are boarding up their windows and bringing their laundry, surfers in China are pulling out their big wave boards and planning how to get to the often inaccessible surf spots.
While summer is often the prime season for surfing in Hong Kong and Hainan Island, this past season has not produced nearly as many surfable days as 2007's epic surf season. But with summer all but a fading memory, winter's East coast facing beaches are poised to take on the ensuing swell from Hagupit... and local surfers are ready.
"Yeah, this summer's been a bummer," claims local surfer Matt Hammond - operator of www.SanyaSurf.com:
They say you can plan a picnic but not predict the weather, well for surfers in China, this Tuesday through Friday should bring consistent surf with waves reaching heights of up to 3.5 meters in some locations. For those who know how to find the best spots, it could be a magical week and a great early kickoff to the winter season.
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SanyaSurf.com is an online surfing community for surfers in China or those interested in surfing in Hainan.