Nixon took its annual Nixon Surf Challenge to Hainan in China, a location described as the ‘beating heart’ of the country’s rapidly expanding surf industry.
The Californian surfer watch brand has staged the annual surfing event for around a decade and it has recently been staged on Russia’s Kamkatcha peninsula and in Iceland.
To commemorate this year’s edition of the Nixon Surf Challenge has released these pictures of the Nixon Surf Challenge Supertide special edition, with just 100 pieces available in Europe.
The 2015 Edition was won by 34-year-old Canary Islands surfer Jonathan Gonzalez.
“More than 10 years after winning the same event in San Sebastian, this second Nixon Surf Challenge victory holds special meaning for me, but for very different reasons,” said a victorious Gonzalez.
Nixon Europe veteran Eric Rebière scooped the ‘I Rocked China’ accolade and commented on the location: “Over the years, we’ve explored some of the most remote and inhospitable surf spots on the planet. Not exactly easy to get to, Hainan will leave a lasting impression on everyone for different reasons, with its seemingly endless rows of empty beach-side skyscrapers – in some ways a bit like Hawaii and Miami, but with its own Chinese twist. With waves like that, and China’s ability to build the unthinkable, it’s going to be a place to watch in the future for sure.”