A year ago Nixon took their crew to the edge of the globe for the 2014 Nixon Surf Challenge. Literally. In fact, they’ve made a habit of that by digging for the most remote, or sometimes just unthinkable, locales on the globe each year. And somehow they always find waves where most of us wouldn’t think to look. The idea is to make the annual peer-judged contest a weeklong adventure, and more than a collection of 20-minute heat scores. They surfed ice cold, small waves with the volcanoes of Mother Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula as a backdrop last year. This year they’re keeping the spirit of traveling into the relative unknown by surfing the tropical island of Hainan. It’s the southernmost province of the People’s Republic of China. Teaming up with a few “key local contacts”, Benjamin Sanchis, Kepa Acero, 2014 winner William Alliotti and a handful of other surfers will be exploring the Wanning region for five days.
Think about it for a second, in a day an age where every legitimate surf spot and closed out beach break has a cam and corresponding forecast streaming online, where athletes can build careers out of traveling the globe eight days a week, Nixon put together a team of surfers and still finds plots on the globe that most of them have never been to.
Editors Note: Photos and updates from the Nixon Surf Challenge through May 31st can be found here