Surfing event enters the National Games for the first time, the first gold medal is about to be produced in Wanning Riyue Bay
China News Service, September 8th. On September 8, the finals of the 14th National Games Surfing Competition kicked off in Riyue Bay, Wanning, Hainan. 50 teams from 13 surfing teams from all provinces across the country kicked off. The athletes will compete for 2 gold medals. This is the first time that the “surfing project” has entered the National Games, and it also means that the first surfing gold medal in the history of the National Games will soon be produced in Wanning Riyue Bay.
Photo courtesy of the organizer/ Photographer Zhang Jun
It is understood that this surfing competition is one of the 35 major events of the 14th National Games, and it is the first time that Hainan Province has undertaken a National Games event. The competition events are consistent with the Tokyo Olympics and are divided into two sub-items: men’s shortboard and women’s shortboard.
The preliminaries of the game ended on September 2, and the finals kicked off on September 8. It is expected that all competitions will end on September 11 and the award ceremony will be held. Except for the Anhui team which only sent two male athletes, 12 teams from Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hebei, Henan, Liaoning, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan and Zhejiang all sent two men + two women to the finals.
Although there are only two gold medals in the surfing competition of this National Games, this is the first time in the history of my country’s National Games to set up a gold medal for surfing events, so it is of great significance. The morale of the teams is high and they are striving to win gold and silver. According to the preliminaries, Hainan, Liaoning, Henan, and Shanxi are the hottest teams to win the gold medal, but the final winner of the gold medal depends on the wave conditions of the stadium and the players’ on-site performance.
Photo courtesy of the organizer/ Photograph by Zhang Jun
As the host of the surfing competition of this National Games, Wanning, Hainan has ten beautiful bays, and Riyue Bay is one of the few in the world with high-quality fixed-point waves and beaches. One of the wave-shaped sea areas, with an average wave height of 1.5-2 meters throughout the year, suitable for surfing all year round, and is known as one of the top ten surfing destinations in the world.
According to the introduction, the surfing teams of various provinces across the country have been stationed in Wanning Riyue Bay for training and competition since 2017. At present, Riyue Bay has cultivated and trained a large number of surfing champions and excellent coaches. member. Relevant data shows that the superior surfing conditions of Riyue Bay has attracted more than 2,000 world-class athletes from more than 40 countries around the world to participate in the competition. As of 2020, more than 20 surf clubs have been born in Riyue Bay, and the annual number of tourists has reached 300,000.
Picture provided by the organizer/ Photographer Zhang Jun
Wang Yun, deputy director of the Aquatic Center of the General Administration of Sports, said that surfing started late in our country. The surfing competition cultivates and discovers surfing competitive talents, enhances the comprehensive strength of my country’s surfing sports, and makes new contributions to the construction of a healthy China and a sports power.
He Jingping, Secretary of the Wanning Municipal Party Committee, said that Wanning City will take the hosting of the surfing competition of this National Games as an opportunity to focus on the series of surfing events and strive to build a sports and tourism product system centered on surfing. Build a surf town in Wanning, shape the IP brand of “Passion Coast, Surf Wanning”, launch the brand of the national surf training base, and promote the deep integration of Wanning sports, tourism and culture.
It is understood that this time The competition is sponsored by the State Sports General Administration, and jointly organized by the Hainan Provincial Department of Tourism, Culture, Radio, Film and Sports, and the Wanning Municipal People’s Government. Li Ruilin, Director of the Water Sports Management Center of the State Sports General Administration, Cao Kang, First-Class Inspector of the Publicity Department of the State Sports General Administration, Xu Xianghong, Deputy Director of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Radio, Film and Sports of Hainan Province, and He Jingping, Secretary of the Wanning Municipal Party Committee, and guests attended the opening ceremony. The ceremony was presided over by Wang Sanfang, Deputy Secretary of the Wanning Municipal Party Committee and Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of the Municipal Government. Provincial surfing teams, referee representatives, volunteer representatives, and relevant personnel of the competition committee lined up to attend the opening ceremony.