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Where to surf
Xichong beach - this is about two hours drive east of Shenzhen and Guangzhou. From Shenzhen, to get there by bus from Shenzhen Stadium, take bus 360 or bus E11 to Nan'ao. From there, take a minibus or taxi, or motorbike over the winding mountainous road to Xichong. Here is a (very basic) map from Luohu to Xichong.
Dongchong beach - this is very close to Xichong and, to get here, turn left near the crest of the hill about 3km before reaching Xichong. Here is a map.
Pinghai beach - this is another option, about three and a half hours drive along the coast from Shenzhen. There is a bus from Luohu bus station to (close to) Pinghai. The beach is very long (and almost empty) beside an interesting fishing village. To find where the waves are breaking best, drive very slowly along the very rough coastal road. Here is a map.

Renting and buying equipment
Xichong - the "surf shop" (consisting of some rental boards locked away in a shed, you may need to improvise leashes) is on the right of the beach, as you face the sea. The shop is hard to differentiate from the other facilities, but it has a corrugated iron blue roof. Boards are about RMB 50 and RMB 150 to rent for three hours.
Dongchong - there are two shops that rent boards just off the beach front by the car park. Boards are about RMB 50 to RMB 100 for three hours. There is a new surf club in Dongchong village - Blue Surf Club, tel: 13825265825 to 18688930347. Website: www.bluesurfers.com
Dapeng - this is a small town about 15km from Xichong/Dongchong, our member Sonia mentioned that there is a surf shop in Dapeng: Aloha Surf, Kuinan Road, Dapeng (tel: 13534265025). There is also an instructor for hire, Christophe, from a nearby watersports venue.
Longgang - here is a factory selling a large range of new surf boards, fins and leashes. Generally, they export in bulk, but you can visit them and they'll sell you a board too. Their website is here.
Pinghai - Pinghai doesn't have any surf shops.

Beach and waves
For forecasts you can check out: http://www.windguru.cz/int/index.php?sc=186632.
Xichong - I've been lucky with the waves at Xichong (the best surf is usually in the middle left of the beach).
Dongchong - it has been mostly flat on the days I visited, but I have heard good things. There is a risk from the speedboats, so watch out for them and make them aware that you are in the water. As far as I can tell, they aren't being reckless because I think they need to accellerate to get over the lagoon sandbar.
Pinghai - as far as I know, the best spot is near the far end of the beach, away from the fishing village, about 4 miles along the very rough coastal road near two nice hotels, but this may vary.

Facilities

Xichong - the beach is a lot longer than Dongchong, but Xichong's facilities (the "surf shop", hotels & shops) are scattered out along its length. Facilities, like bars, hotels and restaurants, are generally fairly basic, but acceptable. Tents, for sleeping on the beach, can be hired too for RMB 50 per night.
Dongchong - the beach and village are conveniently compact, and it is cleaner than Xichong. Facilities, like bars, hotels and restaurants, are also more advanced in Dongchong and there are are some decent wooden villas for rent.
Pinghai - there are quite a few nice local hotels, bars and restaurants in the village, but facilities along the huge beach are very limited, though there are a couple of good hotels towards the far end of the beach.

Surf instructors
1. Eduardo De Franca (tel: 13058054604, email: defranca.eduardo@gmail.com, SZstuff name: Formiga)
2. Christophe at Aloha Surf (tel: 13534265025)
3. Dongchong Blue Surf Club (tel: 18688930347)

If you'd like to go
Just communicate with our members if you are interested in going sometime! Also, if you have more information, please let me know. Thanks to our member Sunny for providing some of the info.

If you have updated information 
Send me a message if any of the above information is out of date, or something new comes up.

;-) Happy surfing!
David



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Comment by Ian Peter Brittan on September 29, 2017 at 2:34pm
I know boards in China are expensive but I don't want to make any money, just get what I paid back. The board was 460 usd, double board bag was 120 usd, 2 leashes at 27 usd each and fins for 30 usd, which is 664 USD. I'll throw in wax and sunscreen, all in for 650 USD.
 
If you want to come and have a look and a beer, I'm in Fuyuan British American School (formerly FEC International School), Fuyuan, Bao’an, Shenzhen,
 
My phone number is 13189753680 and I'm free in the evenings or the weekend. next week I'll be sticking around in Shenzhen so anytime, come round.
 
Take it easy,
 
Ian
Comment by Ian Peter Brittan on September 29, 2017 at 2:33pm
It is custom made. Wider in the nose like a minimal to catch waves easier and with enough volume. Perfect for 2-6 foot beach break. I dunno if you'll get 6 foot beachbreak in China but I know they get 2-4 foot in Southwest Shenzhen. A swallow tail to make it loose like a shortboard.
 
That's why I like funboards so much. So easy to catch waves and when you're up the fly and carve like shortboards, what you can't do on mals. If you're a ripper they don't that radical manoueverability, but then I never was; I'm only a big wave surfer and pretty crappy on 6.0s. It would be a perfect step up from a minimal. 650 all in is an amount but it's not 2nd hand and alternatives are tough to come by.
Comment by Ian Peter Brittan on September 29, 2017 at 2:17pm

Comment by Ian Peter Brittan on September 29, 2017 at 2:00pm

Comment by Ian Peter Brittan on September 25, 2017 at 3:15pm

I have a 6.10 funboard and equipment for sale. Beautiful artwork. It has to be sold by the 30th of October. Get in touch and I can send photos. It is brand new and a problem with my back means I am selling it. A shame but true.

Comment by Shkalenko Mikhail on October 15, 2016 at 10:59pm

Comment by kathleen on October 7, 2016 at 2:06pm

is there angbody surf on the beach. come on. go toghter.

Comment by kathleen on October 7, 2016 at 2:05pm

hi anybody here

Comment by kathleen on May 31, 2016 at 3:32pm

hello ,i am a free diver, and i love the ocean very, i want to surfing with some friendly people together, do you have wechat group ,how can i join you


My Weixin is on my page
Comment by Wai-Loong Lim on May 27, 2016 at 2:37pm

Hey everyone, I'm a longtime longboarder living in San Francisco. I'm not sure how active this group so let me know if I should direct my question elsewhere: I might be in Shenzhen weekend of June 18-19. I've been going to SZ for work (factories mostly) but never had a chance to really explore the area. What are the waves like during that time of the year. Should I bother packing my board shorts? Thanks!

 
 
 

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