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Pingtan

Pingtan

Pingtan - Fuzhou - Fujian, China

Kitesurf

Pingtan Island, also known as Haitan Island, is China’s fifth largest island and is located in the Fujian province, in the East China Sea. It’s possibly the windiest location in China with an average of 20 knots, often reaching 30 knots during the monsoon season. Due to these consistent conditions, it is the windiest and one of the most popular kitesurfing spots in China and it is why one of the beaches, called Longfengtou,  was chosen by the PKRA to host a stop of the Kiteboarding World Cup.

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Pingtan Island was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2001 and was only accessible by ferry in the past, this made it very difficult for the island to develop economically and meant that it had almost been forgotten about. However, more recently it has become one of China’s economic development zones, as it is the gateway into China for Taiwan, and in 2010 the Pingtan Straits Bridge was completed meaning the journey to Fuzhou on the mainland was reduced to one and a half hours and the industrial development across the Straits was increased. The government decided to develop the island’s beautiful 400 metre long coastline which is full of sandy bays and rocky outcroppings into tourist areas, some of these being a large lake, two beach resorts and a sub-tropical climate with consistent winds, flat water spots and waves.

The spot at Longfengtou Beach is just a one and a half hour drive from Fuzhou Airport, 45 minutes from Fuqing Railway Station, and about three hours from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport. This beach is among the best for the highest water and sand quality in China and is also the location of the Pingtan Kitesurfing Centre, China’s first training centre for professional kitesurfing and from where you can rent equipment and organise lessons.

Conditions

Longfengtou Beach is a big wave spot. The wind component is NE and the best time of year for these conditions is from April to June and September to November. The conditions are also suitable for windsurfing and surfing.
Optimal Conditions
  • Type
    Wave, Freestyle, Race
  • Wind
    NE
  • Bottom
    Sand
  • Time of year
    April to June and September to November
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