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Joe Surf: Huntington Beach’s Peter ‘PT’ Townend says ‘Surf’s up’ in China

Joe Surf: Huntington Beach’s Peter ‘PT’ Townend says ‘Surf’s up’ in China

There’s a Jamaican bobsled team, so why not a Chinese surf team?

When the International Olympic Committee announced that surfing would be an official sport in the 2020 Olympics in Japan, there was rejoicing in places like Hawaii, Southern California, Brazil and Australia.

In China, the reaction likely was somewhat different. Maybe something like, “What’s surfing?”

In reality, understanding how competitive the Chinese are in international athletic competition, they set out to learn how to surf. Sort of a crash course on Surfing 101.

Step No. 1: Find a coach. But who?

It would have to be someone who was a successful competitive surfer himself, someone who...

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