Surfing The South China Sea

The Nixon Surf Challenge has grown from a small competition among friends to a traveling contest of incredible surfers.

Unlike many comps, the Nixon Surf Challenge is judged by the riders themselves, who award the much sought-after trophy for the best trick and the overall winner based on team voting. The event emphasizes free-surfing and style in a relaxed atmosphere.

The event showcases little-known surf venues such as the 2015 location of Hainan Island in the South China Sea, featured in the Epic TV video above.

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Managing Editor Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in Denver, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.

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