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Chinese city to host World Longboard Surfing Championship

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has awarded hosting rights for the 2018 edition of its World Longboard Championship to the Chinese city of Wanning.

The event will take place on Hainan Island from January 19-25.

The World Longboard Surfing Championship was first held as a standalone event in 2013, having previously formed part of the World Surfing Games. The inaugural event was held in Huanchaco, Peru.

The ISA first engaged with China in 2010, and held an ISA Festival event in the Hainan Riyue Bay region from 2012 to 2014.

The region has also hosted events through a collaboration between the ISA and the World Surf League.

China recently competed at the World Surfing Games for the first time and the country will be hoping for representation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where the sport will be making its Games debut.