Teams named for Red Bull Qiantang Shoot Out

Qiantang tidal bore © Reuters/Daylife

Red Bull Qiantang Shoot Out

Qiantang, Hangzhou, China
18 - 21 September, 2013

Top athletes to face off on Qiantang tidal bore contest

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 August, 2013 : - - The Red Bull Qiantang Shoot Out is the first of its kind surf contest that pits teams of surfers against each other on the most unusual wave in the world. The inaugural event in 2012 included world class athletes from Roxy, Ocean & Earth, GoPro and Wabsono Chao Jixian, with Ocean and Earth narrowly taking first place against the GoPro team in head to head finals.

"I'm sure this hasn't been tried in the past because of the numerous challenges to holding a contest on a tidal bore. You have only one wave per day to work with, a limited number of days that it breaks and you have to keep the officials and crews ahead of the wave as it moves upriver at over 40k hr," according to Glenn Brumage, Wabsono's VP business development and RBQSO contest director.

"As well, most of the world's tidal bores are limited by size, "surfable" faces or accessibility. Luckily for us, the Qiantang wave is unusual in its size (recorded at 9m), its variety of workable faces and its path--through the middle of the city of Hangzhou."

Bao Xuping, Wabsono President and Hangzhou local described why the silver dragon wave works. "The Qiantang is huge and the riverbed is constantly changing. Tons of sand moves down the river all year and the forces of the current and tides create different sand bars and channels constantly.

Add to that the curving "dragon" shape of the river course and you get a constantly changing contest arena."

Glenn continued, "All that said, it still leaves us with the challenge of how to give every competitor a fair shot at rides, keeping them from interferences and judging on a moving venue.

With input from a number of previous "Silver Dragon" athletes, organizers and judges from international surf comps, we were able to craft a format that is not only functional, but according to the athletes, fun and fair."

Lai En, Wabsono VP marketing summed it up by saying, "We know that that the bore and Hangzhou can't be a place to learn or surf every day in China, but it is a unique venue that brings with it Chinese mainstream media that wouldn't normally cover surfing or for that matter any "Action Sports". The "Red Bull Shoot Out" is another good reason for the mainstream Chinese media to jump on the bandwagon."

Contest Format
4 Teams of 2 surfers, choice of equipment (long, short, paipo, hand plane, sup, mat). Teammates alternate drop off either by tow in or step off and move off the wave face to await the end of their mates ride, at which time they will switch positions and be dropped into the next opportunity.

The contest venue presents a number of wave faces. Teams take turns down the river as faces present. First priority is given by coin toss. Obvious hopping, interference or wakes on the wave face result in a "no score" for that section and possible deduction for flagrant or dangerous behavior.

Source: Red Bull

Author: The Editors

Tags: Red Bull Qiantang Shootout, tidal bore, China

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