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Sep 17, 2012, 03:30 AM
Shanghai'd Expat
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Surf's Up, Dudes!

And who said Charlie doesn't surf??!! Its that time of the year when the mighty Qiantang River Bore rears its ugly head & roars upstream from Hangzhou Bay.

From the Wiki:

The river and bay are known for the world's largest tidal bore, which is up to 9 metres (30 ft) high, and travels at up to 40 km per hour (25 miles an hour). The tide rushing into the river from the bay causes a bore usually from 5 to 15 ft (1.54.6 m) high, which sweeps past Hangzhou and menaces shipping in the harbor. It is so dangerous that, until recently, no one attempting to surf it has managed to remain upright for more than 11 seconds.
The really big ones don't hit until later this month but today's was higher than usual & broke hard due to the high westerly winds.

Looks like the local water authority "yachties" (officially, the Qiantang Water Authority, ie, marine river patrol) was taken by surprise because they threw their lines & hauled just 5 minutes before the wave reached the bridge east of their dock. Guess they drank a bit too much Maotai for lunch.
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Sep 17, 2012, 03:52 AM
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Nice, there would be a few surfers on that in the US or Aus if there was a place it occurred, I'm fairly sure there are some regulars on the Severn bore in the UK.

Sep 17, 2012, 09:52 AM
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Oh, they'll be here when the biggest tidal bore comes through on boards & jet skis. Its an annual event now but I'm quite sure we won't have any Japanese surfers this time around.
Sep 17, 2012, 10:41 AM
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quite the tidal bore. And there is a bigger one later this month...Time for rc boating!
Sep 17, 2012, 12:00 PM
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Wish it had arrived yesterday when the sky was crystal clear before the haze set in. I'd guess that the front wave was at least 3m high in the first photo where the river narrows past the bend towards Xiasha.

Once you look at a map its clear to see why the river & bay is known for having the world's largest tidal bore. Its shaped like a huge funnel so its best advised to not be standing on the water's edge when the big one comes through.
Sep 19, 2012, 09:00 PM
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That's just really cool thank you for sharing.
Sep 19, 2012, 09:13 PM
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It can be pretty aggressive further downstream where it peaks in strength as these photos from last year clearly show. In olden days the local emperor even built a large pagoda on the river bank as an offering to help tame the "Silver Dragon".

I have a friend who is well-known in the US modeling community here in 2-1/2 weeks & its a pity they'll miss it. Guess we'll have to kill more time in the local pubs, instead.
Oct 07, 2012, 08:42 AM
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Well, I missed it this year being out of town over the National Day holiday but you can read what its like to surf an hour on the Qiantang Silver Dragon.

Surf's up in China

"The Qiantang Tide is invincible from August 18," wrote Su Shi, one of the greatest Chinese poets from the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). Now a bunch of top international surfers are agreeing with him.

There are a few rivers in the world with tidal bores where waves form at certain periods and travel against the current back up the river. Among these are the Savannah River in the US, the Styx in Queensland, Australia and the Severn in England. But only the powerful waves in the Amazon come close to matching the Qiantang River in Zhejiang Province where 3-meter waves can be encountered at the right times.

From October 1 to 3 this year, 16 professional surfers from the US, Australia and Brazil competed on the treacherous waters of the Qiantang River. The competition's chief judge, Glenn Brumage, said that like other surfing events the surfers were judged on how they controlled the board and completed stunts during their rides.

The contest was the first of its kind on the Qiantang River.

Surfer Artie Castro from the US summed up the feelings of most of the contestants: "It is very cool to surf in a river running through the city's most built-up area - it's like exploring a concrete jungle."
Read the full story at:
Oct 09, 2012, 08:33 AM
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Wild! Would love to experience this.
Get the rc boat out and have a fun run.

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