Surfing activities in China
Cheung Sha (Long Sand), at over 3km Hong Kong’s longest beach, is divided into ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ sections; a trail over a hillock links the two. Upper Cheung Sha, with occasional good surf, is the prettier and longer stretch and boasts a modern complex with changing rooms, toilets, showers and a snack bar. Lower Cheung Sha village has a beachfront restaurant, Stoep Restaurant. Long Coast Seasports is a water-sports centre offering windsurfing, sea kayaking and wakeboarding. Prices vary widely, but basic windsurfing costs from $100/300/500 for an hour/half-day/day, while a single kayak rents for $60/180 for an hour/half-day. Beach umbrellas are also available…
From May to September, Dàdōnghǎi gets decent surfing waves, while nearby Shíméi Bay has prime conditions from November to January. You can rent boards from Surfing Hǎinán, which was started in 2008 by three surfers from China, Japan and the US. Lessons (including lunch) and multiday packages for the experienced are also available.
Surfing is just starting to gain a tiny following in China and so far the majority of surfers out on the waters are still Westerners. This is not the next Indonesia but as part-owner Brendan says, 'The best thing about surfing Hǎinán is that it's empty.' Beginners will find this a no-hassle spot to try a sport they've always been curious…