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Your ultimate guide to wakeboarding, surfing & other boardsports in Hong Kong

By Sophie Pettit 28 June 2017 | Last Updated 26 August 2020

Header image courtesy of Hong Kong Surf & Stand-Up Paddleboard Association (HKSURFSUP)

Boardsports—the Californian Dream? Not necessarily. We may be 7,060 miles from the Golden State, but the dream can still be yours right here in the 852. And thank goodness, because there are few things more satisfying than getting out on the water on a sweltering day.

From wakeboarding to surfing and everything in between, you’re sure to find something that floats your boat (or board). Crash courses, hourly rentals, competitions—Hong Kong really does have it all. So whether you’re new to the game or a well-weathered sea dog, let’s hit the water with our guide to boardsports in Hong Kong.

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Photo credit: Hong Kong Surf & Stand-Up Paddleboard Association (HKSURFSUP)

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP)

Hailing from 1960s Hawaii, stand-up paddleboarding is quite the popular kid of boardsports in Hong Kong at the minute. Whether you’re looking to paddle with your pals, enter a race, or practice your downward-facing dog atop the waves, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

Hong Kong Island

Hiwindlover Water Sports Center

Where: Stanley Main Beach

How much: $80 per hour or $200 for three-hour rental; $800 per three-hour tuition or tour

HK Aqua-bound Centre

Where: Stanley Main Beach

How much: $80 per hour or $350 per day for rental; $450 to $650 per person for group tuition; $1,100 per class for private tuition

SUP Yoga

Where: Stanley Main Beach

How much: $500 per 90-minute group session (includes board rental); $450 per person for private tuition

X Game

Where: Big Wave Bay

How much: $500 per person for group tuition; $800 per class for private tuition

Outlying Islands

Treasure Island Group

Where: Pui O Beach, Lantau

How much: $70 per hour or $150 per half-day for rental; $200 to $400 per hour for instruction course

Tip: Rentals are a cash-only affair so make sure you withdraw your dollars before heading to the shore.

Long Coast Seasports

Where: Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau

How much: $90 per hour for rental, $270 for four hours, and $70 per hour after

Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre

Where: 1 Hak Pai Road, Cheung Chau

How much: $120 per hour for rental

Tip: All rentals require a $500 cash deposit.

Sai Kung

Hong Kong Surf & Stand-Up Paddleboard Association (HKSURFSUP)

Where: G/F, 60 Sun On Tsuen, Sai Kung

How much: $500 to $1,400 per lesson

Photo credit: Surfing Hong Kong

Surfing

With an ever-increasing number of surfing clubs, societies, and schools popping up along the coastline, there’s never been a better time to catch a wave in the 852. Already a pro at riding the rip curl? Join the Surf Hong Kong Facebook group to meet fellow surfers, and stay up to date with all the latest local tips. Of course, adults can’t have all the fun—Hong Kong’s junior surfers are coming into their element too, with summer surf camps experiencing a surge in popularity. Keep an eye out in spring when details of these much sought-after sessions are released. 

As for where to catch your next wave, here’s what the experts say:

Antony, founder of Surfing Hong Kong, says, “Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung at 6 am on a November morning with blue skies, crisp off-shore winds, and 4-foot waves rolling through. Just me, my wife, kids, and a couple of friends... it is truly beautiful, surrounded by hills, white sand, clear water. Amazing to have such a place in a city like Hong Kong.”

The Treasure Island team says, “Our home break, of course: Pui O when it’s firing. When we have time we like to get out to Big Wave Bay in Shek O or make a weekend of it in Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung—definitely the best spot in Hong Kong. And when it’s time for a holiday, southern Taiwan is just awesome.”

The LCS team says,We like surfing in Sha Cheung and Pui O because the southwesterly wave direction is great, and is there through spring, summer, and autumn. If the east wind picks up the waves are good too—that’s why we spend all our time in Lantau.”

Hong Kong Island

As you walk into Big Wave Bay, you’ll come across several shops and restaurants that rent out surf and bodyboards by the hour at about $50 per board with a $100 deposit required. Carry on down with your board and enjoy the surf.

Surfing Hong Kong

Where: Big Wave Bay

How much: $800 per one-hour one-on-one session; $1,000 for a two-hour private session

X Game

Where: Big Wave Bay

How much: $500 per person for group tuition; $800 per person for private tuition

East Swell

Where: Shop G32–33, Winner Mansion, 17–23 Nam On Street, Shau Kei Wan

How much: Contact East Swell

Lantau

Treasure Island Group

Where: Pui O Beach, Lantau

How much: $70 per hour or $150 per day for rental; Group tuition, $400 per hour for group tuition (up to four people)

Tip: Head to Maverick’s for a post-surf dinner—you could even make a weekend of it and rent one of two Treasure Island hotel rooms.

Long Coast Seasports

Where: Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau

How much: $300 per hour for group tuition; $350 per hour for private tuition

Sai Kung

Surf Hong Kong

Where: Tai Long Wan, Sai Kung East Country Park

How much: Contact Surf Hong Kong

Photo credit: PxHere

Bodyboarding

Looking for a horizontal thrill? Well, look no further. Also known as boogie-boarding, bodyboarding provides all the fun of riding the waves without the risk of losing your footing. Arguably the most accessible boardsport for kids, it’s also a great way to get the family up and active on the weekends.

Outlying Islands

Long Coast Seasports

Where: Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau

How much: $40 per hour; $130 for four hours and $30 per hour after

Windsurfing

Can’t decide between sailing and surfing? Stop fretting, you don’t have to choose—windsurfing combines the two. With an Olympic gold medalist to call our own, Lee Lai-shan, Hong Kong is the place to learn the ropes—there’s something in the water, clearly.

Hong Kong Island

Hiwindlover Water Sport Centre

Where: Stanley Main Beach

How much: $150 per hour for rental; $800 per three hours for beginner course; $1,600 per day for elite course

Tip: Take a friend—bookings require a minimum of two people.

HK Aqua-bound Centre

Where: Stanley Main Beach

How much: $180 to $250 per hour or $700 to $800 per day for rental; $700 to $1,100 per two-hour class for group tuition; $800 per hour for private tuition

Outlying Islands

Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre

Where: 1 Hak Pai Road, Cheung Chau

How much: $90 to $150 per hour for rental; $1,000 for 20-hour rental package; $1,800 per hour for group tuition; $500 to $2,500 per hour for private tuition

Tip: All rentals require a $500 cash deposit.

Long Coast Seasports

Where: Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau

How much: $400 to $700 per person for group tuition; $800 per person for private tuition

Photo credit: Zach Dischner (PxHere)

Kiteboarding

Throw caution to the wind and get a kite involved in the action. An up-and-coming past time in Hong Kong, kiteboarding lessons and rentals are located on the Outlying Islands. However, with skills to be mastered and tricks to be tried, we have a feeling this could be the next big thing. Watch this space...

Outlying Islands

Hong Kong Kiteboarding School

Where: Shui Hau Wan Beach, Lantau

How much: $700 for three-hour rental; $1,000 for six-hour rental; $3,500 for eight-hour full course; $1,500 per three hours for improvement course (includes all equipment)

Tip: Tuition is available in both English and Cantonese.

Kiteboarding Association of Hong Kong

Where: Shui Hau Wan Beach, Lantau (September to March)

How much: $600 to $2,000 per day for tuition; $4,500 for a three-day beginner package

Tip: From March to August, training relocates to Lung Kwu Tan Beach, near Tuen Mun.

Long Coast Seasports

Where: Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau

How much: $1,500 to $3,800 per person for tuition

X Game

Where: Lamma Island, Lantau Island, or Tuen Mun

How much: $4,500 per eight-hour course for private tuition

Photo credit: PxHere

Skimboarding

Who said deep water is the only option? Skimboarding is the king of coastal boardsports, with all the action taking place at the point where the wave hits the shore. Perhaps best described as the love child of surfing and skateboarding, this shallow water sport involves mastering tricks and flips—once you’ve got to grips with the basics of course.

Hong Kong Island

X Game

Where: Big Wave Bay

How much: $300 per person for group tuition; $400 per 90 minutes for private tuition

Outlying Islands

Long Coast Seasports

Where: Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau

How much: $300 to $350 per person for tuition

Sai Kung

Surf Hong Kong

Where: Sai Kung East Country Park, Sai Wan

How much: Rental $50 per hour, $100 per three hours, or $200 per day

Tip: The beach is only accessible by foot—but don’t worry, you don’t have to lug your boards with you—you both rent and collect them when you’re at the beach.

Photo credit: Steven Welch (Unsplash)

Wakeboarding

Feel the need for speed? Give wakeboarding a whirl. With your feet attached to a short, wide board, and a handle hooked onto the boat in front of you, balancing is the first thing you need to master. After that, the sky’s the limit with increasingly difficult acrobatic moves waiting to be conquered. From flips and rolls to ‘whirlybirds’ and ‘speedballs’—just wake us up before you go-go.

Hong Kong Island

HK Aqua-bound Centre

Where: Stanley Main Beach

How much: $900 per hour for rental; $1,200 to $1,500 per hour for group tuition (three to four people)

Tip: Minimum two-hour booking and rentals require booking two days in advance.

X Game

Where: Stanley

How much: $500 per person for group tuition; $1,200 per class for private tuition

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Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.

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