Swatch Girls Pro China

Swatch teamriders, Darci Liu and Kassia Meador

Swatch teamriders, Darci Liu and Kassia Meador

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The most hotly-anticipated event on the Chinese surfing calendar was launched this week at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China. Swatch Proteam surfers Kassia Meador and Darci Liu were in attendance to help announce the third edition of the ground-breaking ASP Women's Longboard World Championship event, which is set to take place from November 20-24, 2013 in Wanning, Hainan Island.

The Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai proved an ideal location to announce the competition, itself an internationally-recognized venue that has inspired artists and creative minds in one of the most exciting, dynamic cities in Asia.

 Kelia Moniz during the 2012 event.

Kelia Moniz during the 2012 event.

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Kelia Moniz (HAW), reigning ASP Women's World Longboard Champion stole the show at last year's Swatch Girls Pro China. The young Hawaiian surfed with style and grace, all the way to the podium where she accepted her maiden ASP World Longboard Title.

"It's exciting looking back on last year's win," Moniz said. "It doesn't feel like it's been almost a year! Thinking about China again makes me real fired up to go back and do it all over again! Hopefully this year with a bit more surf. China, or Hainan to be specific is a really special place. The culture there runs so deep and is still so raw and real. It's beautiful for me to see all the people, the fishing villages, the farming, all that gives me a little taste of what Hawaii was probably like once upon a time. It makes me appreciate everything God has blessed me with. It's also great to experience all the love from every volunteer who helps out at the event site. They are the ones who make our experience unforgettable."

The culture there runs so deep and is still so raw and real. It's beautiful for me to see all the people, the fishing villages, the farming, all that gives me a little taste of what Hawaii was probably like once upon a time. Kelia Moniz

Chinese competitor. Darci Liu, is at the forefront of the growing surf culture on Hainan, taking to the water to surf or teach others as often as possible and has been awarded a wildcard into the Swatch Girls Pro China for the third straight year.

"It's a huge honor for me to represent China and to welcome the best surfers in the world to Wanning," said Darci Liu. "We're helping put Wanning on the map as a beautiful, unspoiled tropical surfing location and being part of this event gives me so much pride and inspiration."

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Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

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