Alex Gray and Cheyne Magnusson take Body Glove to the podium
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 October, 2015 - Team Los Angeles / Body Glove featuring Alex Gray and Cheyne Magnusson have tamed the phenomena known as the Silver Dragon, taking the win in the Red Bull Qiantang Surfing Shootout 2015. Neither athlete had previously surfed the powerful tidal bore on the Qiantang River in Hangzhou China, but that didn’t stop them from making the most of the unique opportunity.
Alex Gray reflects, “Wow, what an incredible experience surfing a tidal bore! Cheyne and I were the only team with no experience in the Red Bull Qiantang Shoot Out. I guess you could call us the underdogs. Stoked to take the win for Team Los Angeles!”
There were 4 teams selected to compete for the $28,000 prize purse including Team Gold Coast, Team Huntington Beach, Team Los Angeles, and Team Surfing China. Surfing a tidal bore comes with many unusual and logistical challenges, something that Team Los Angeles was able to overcome to take home the $10,000 first place prize.
“Winning the silver dragon event was a crazy experience and I am beyond stoked to have been able to surf one of the most unique natural phenomenon in the world,” says Cheyne Magnusson. “It was my first time to China and first time ever riding or seeing a tidal bore of any kind. Thanks to everybody who helped make it happen. Also, to be able to share this with a lifelong friend is very powerful to say the least!”