Saturday, 10 November 2012

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Local favourites join Swatch Girls Pro as wildcards

Swatch is delighted to announce that four more “GIRLS” have been invited to join the competitors in the upcoming SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA 2012, set for November 20-25th in Wanning, China, on the island of Hainan. Naming the four young women surfers as 'wildcard' participants in this high-profile competion underlines the popular Swiss watchmaker’s enthusiastic support for surfing in the Far East.

Three of the four Swatch wildcards - Darci Liu, 26, Monica Gua, 22, and local trials winner Xue Yuan, 24 - are from Hainan Island, and the fourth is Taiwan’s Wen Ling Chou, 23. Representing their local surfing communities, they will be competing against a field of elite athletes from across the globe for the 2012 ASP Women’s Longboard World Title.

Darci Liu, who has opened her own surf shop and promotes surfing lessons to local beachgoers, is returning as a wildcard after participating the inaugural event in 2011. “I learned so much from the girls last year,” she says, “and was really inspired by their performance.

Since then I’ve competed in local events on the island and taught over a hundred people to surf - our scene is growing every day. I feel really honoured to be awarded the wildcard, I want to represent my country and show the world that China is a great place to surf.”

Monica Gua will be making her first appearance in a professional competition, after attending last year as a spectator. “I was so impressed by the level of the girls in 2011, they were dancing on their boards, hanging ten, I learned a lot from watching them.

For me it is a huge honour to be invited, I just want to surf with all the great competitors, have fun, and hopefully represent my country well. The sport is still young here but it is growing all the time. The local kids are excited about it and it’s really satisfying to show them this great and healthy lifestyle to be had by being a surfer.”

The SWATCH GIRLS PRO CHINA 2012 hosted by Wanning will take place on the left hand pointbreak of Riyuewan Bay on the Wanning coast, which features consistent northeast swells from the South China Sea from October through to March. The swell season is already underway and reports of fun days are hitting the contest venue, so stay tuned for forecast updates and keep up with the latest news on the event website at


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