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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.
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.
1. Eduardo De Franca (tel: 13058054604, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!