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WATCH: The Nomad Surfers Killing the Waves of South China

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Spring Festival — more commonly known in the West as Chinese New Year — is upon us, which means kicking back with family and friends to eat, drink, and celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Tiger. People born as ‘tigers’ are often associated with bravery, confidence, and competitiveness. To honor these traits, RADII has teamed up with Peddlers Gin to bring you ‘Spirit of the Tiger’ — a selection of inspiring stories from fascinating tigers across China.

Shayun and Jiang were born 24 years ago in the Year of the Tiger. Part of the growing surf culture in South China, they work as instructors at Shaka Surf and spend as much time catching the breaks of Hainan as they can.

“Waking up at 6 AM, board under your arm, sand under your feet as you walk into the ocean to catch the first great wave of the day … I never thought there could be so many ways to live life,” says Shayun.

After coming to Hainan, Shayun had a clearer understanding of how he wanted to live — in the company of nature. Surfers have come from across China to chase Hainan’s waves, and they all have the same love for the purity of the ocean.

“When you are surfing, everything else is much less important; you are alone in the sea, with nothing but your board, coping with all the uncertainties by yourself.”

Watch the video below to see Shayun and Jiang in action:

Click here for more videos from the ‘Spirit of the Tiger’ series.

Cover image via Graeme Kennedy

Peddlers Gin
Born on the back streets of Shanghai, the hustle and bustle of the world’s biggest trading port was the perfect inspiration for a more adventurous gin. As China’s first craft gin, Peddlers heroes local ingredients like Sichuan pepper, Buddha’s hand and Gansu lotus. With medals from San Francisco Spirits Awards and CWSA, Peddlers proudly challenges perceptions of what it means to be made in China.
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