Ultimate Surfing

Ultimate surfing action is upon us! 2 events which couldn’t be more oppositional, 2 events which couldn’t be more history-charged!
Women vs Men, hot vs cold, China vs USA, longboard vs shortboard, skimpy bikini vs thick wetsuit Swatch Girls Pro China vs O’Neill Cold Water Classic California.

For the first time in the sport’s storied history, the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) bring surfing to China! From October 26 – 30 the world´s best female longboard surfers compete for the World Championship crown.

The Swatch Girls Pro is the first ever professional surf event in China and intends to establish surfing in the Far East. In recent years, longboard surfing has experienced a big revival and has retaken the surf community by storm.

The island of Hainan is located in the South China Sea, which is separated from the mainland by Qiongzhou Strait. Due to its fantastic beaches, abundant vegetation, clean air and great waves it’s also known as the “Hawaii of China“. Hainan Island is one of China’s most popular and most beautiful tourist destinations. www.swatchgirlspro.com

At the same time on the other side of the globe, the men have to endure the last stop of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series – surfing’s hardest and most challenging competition series!

It’s the thrilling highlight of an extraordinary tour: after stops in New Zealand and Scotland, the series returns to the cradle of coldwater surfing for its grand finale – Santa Cruz! That’s where over 60 years ago Jack O’Neill invented the wetsuit and singlehandedly made surfing history! Dawning of a new surf era began. Thanks to his invention the sport could redefine its boundaries and conquer even the iciest waves of the world!

Nestled between coastal redwood forests and the Monterey Bay sanctuary, Santa Cruz is known for its classic point breaks, alternative lifestyles, and devoted surf culture. At the renowned surf break of Steamer Lane, the world’s best surfers have battled the elements in icy water and rugged conditions over the years.
Live webcast: www.oneill.com