October 2, 2019 By Matthew B. “China and surfing could not seem further apart,” writes Nicolas “Nik” Zanella, who has authored a groundbreaking new book about the history of surfing in China titled “Children of the Tide: An exploration of surfing in Dynastic China” (edited by Sam Bleakley and out now in print and on Kindle). “How,” Zanella posits, “do the breathing techniques of Taiji, the flow of Daoism and the pragmatic values of Confucianism relate to a sport that has created kowabunga handshakes and the stereotypical stoned Californian surfer dude?
The result of Zanella’s search is a fantastic book that upends our understanding of the history of surfing in China. We caught up with the author and asked him about “The Children of the Tide” and how China’s surf history is reverberating today.
Read more here: Surfer Mag