The 2018 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship is set to kick off in Wanning, Hainan Province Jan 19th - 25th. The world’s best National Longboarding Teams will gather at the left point of Riyue Bay to represent their nations and go for Gold in this classic ISA discipline.
The event features the men's and the women's world longboard surfing and has attracted about 150 surfers from 30 countries and regions all over the world.
The ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship, traditionally held as a discipline in the ISA World Surfing Games, was first held as a stand-alone event in 2013 in Huanchaco, Peru. Team France made history and earned the honors of the first World Team Champion in the event, while France’s Antoine Delpero (Open Men), South Africa’s Simone Robb (Open Women), and Hawaii’s Honolua Blomfield earned the individual Gold Medals.
Riyue Bay, a relatively unknown Surfing destination at the time, burst into the international spotlight when surfing competitions were brought to the region with collaboration between the ISA and the World Surf League (WSL) – formerly ASP – which saw the sport widely practiced in the region, turning it into a destination for visiting surfers.