Mary Osborne’s Notes from the Silver Dragon

It’s Silver Dragon time again and Mary Osborne, the first woman to surf the tidal bore in China, is back in Hangzhou for the fourth straight year. The Qiantang Silver Dragon Tidal Bore is one of the most unique places in the world to surf and Mary has graciously allowed us to share her adventure with our readers.

For those of you who have never seen surfing on a tidal bore, here is some footage from Mary’s 2011 Silver Dragon surf sessions held in sheet glass conditions.

*Photos below presented in chronological order as Mary’s trip unfolded…

Mary Osborne, China bound, money exchangeSeptember 15, 2013
China bound – LAX-Beijing-Hangzhou
#silverdragon #tidalbore #hangzhou

Mary Osborne street vendors and foot massages in ChinaSeptember 16, 2013
Arrived in Hangzhou. First street vendors, second foot massages.
#tidalbore #wabsono #silverdragon

2013 Red Bull Qiantang Surfing Shoot OutSeptember 17, 2013
Day 1 at the Red Bull Shootout. 4 teams of 2 surfers getting ready to battle it out on the Qiantang “Silver Dragon” tidal bore.
#tidalbore #redbull #silverdragon

Makua Rothman and Kalani David gear up for the Silver Dragon tidal boreSeptember 18, 2013
Makua Rothman and Kalani David gearing up for their first time experiencing the “Silver Dragon” tidal bore.
#tidalbore #wabsono

bathroom in chinaSeptember 18, 2013
Every time I see one of these toilets I get confused. In China I think the female aim isn’t as successful as the male. With over 2.4 million people in Hangzhou, the bathrooms tend to be a little messy.

Table setting with beautiful flavors and colors of ChinaSeptember 18, 2013
Beautiful flavors and colors of China.
#flavors #hangzhou

silver dragon tidal boreSeptember 18, 2013
Silver Dragon competition starts today. Will it be as good as last year’s? Crossing fingers!!

mary osborne and broken jet skisSeptember 19, 2013
After 2 broken jet skis, mine is up and running. Competition day was incredible! Great tidal bore wave with talented surfers (and drivers). @officialmauijim –the Silver Dragon ate my sunnies :(
#tidalbore #qiantangtidalbore #silverdragon @patagonia @fcdsurfboards

Repost from one of our judges artie castroSeptember 19, 2013
Repost from one of our judges, Artie Castro. This puts things in perspective… Random boats, jetties, buoys and bridges to dodge while surfing the tidal bore. Never a dull moment. Pro surfer from Oz, Trent Munro taming the Silver Dragon.
#tidalbore #qiantangtidalbore #wabsono

Autumn festival in Hangzhou, ChinaSeptember 19, 2013
Autumn festival begins in Hangzhou, China. Sun rising, full moon setting and morning fireworks to kick off one of China’s biggest festivals. When the sun, moon, and earth align it creates one of the world’s largest tidal bores, the “Silver Dragon.” This year’s surfers battling in out in the Red Bull Shootout: Hawaii’s Makua Rothman and Kalani David, USA’s Steve Newman and Anastasia Ashley, Australia’s Phil MacDonald and Trent Munro, OZ “The Crew”, Mark Mathews and Richie Vaculik. Let the games begin…
#tidalbore #qiantangtidalbore #redbull

Mary Osborne gets an official Bra Boy handshakeSeptember 20, 2013
It’s not everyday you get the official “Bra Boy” handshake from Richie Vaculik.
#tidalbore #silverdragon #wabsono

Mary Osborne and Peter Townend with PT in his classic shoesSeptember 20, 2013
One of our amazing judges here in China and former World Champion surfer, the legendary Peter Townend. PT put us to shame in the shoe department.
#tidalbore #silverdragon #wabsono @olgheira

video from the silver dragon tidal boreSeptember 20, 2013
Video of Day One of the Silver Dragon. Super fun waves and it got even bigger yesterday.
#rbqso #redbullqiantangshootout #redbullchina #surfingchina #silverdragon2013 #china #qiantang #hangzhou #zhejiang #hangzhousportsbureau #tidalbore #silverdragon #wabsono

Awards ceremony for the 2013 Red Bull Qiantang Surfing Shoot OutSeptember 21, 2013
Due to Typhoon Usagi’s hitting China yesterday, we could only surf half the river bore. At one point visibility was nonexistent from the heavy downpour. Waters were unusually high in the river but once we were cleared to surf, the two teams managed to score some incredibly perfect sections. Hawaiians Makua Rothman and Kalani David took the first place $10k prize purse beating Aussies Phil MacDonald and Trent Munro. The farewell party was a total blast as Australia’s Kid Mac lead us into dance party central.
@kidmacmusic @makuarothman @kalanidavid90 @philcmacca @trentmunro #tidalbore #qiantang #wabsono

silver dragon tidal boreSeptember 21, 2013
Yesterday’s bore had a 21 foot tide change. Here are a few pics to put things into perspective. More to come soon.
#tidalbore #qiantang #wabsono

Makua Rothman surfing the Silver Dragon in ChinaSeptember 23, 2013
Silver Dragon left hand perspective. This is the surfable wave before it closed out for ten minutes. I believe it’s Makua Rothman surfing if you look closely.
#tidalbore #silverdragon #wabsono @makuarothman

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