Feeling cooped up by the Chinese capital's partial COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year, which shut gyms, parks and other venues, Beijing resident Mina Zhao came across surfskating on social media and decided to give it a try.
Zhao, 40, who loves to ski, was an instant devotee, getting her husband and son involved in surfskating and even introducing it to dozens of fellow mothers who have gone on to buy their own boards.
Some said they took up the sport as a hobby when COVID made summer travel difficult.
"I have the feeling that I have returned to the beach," said Yoyo, 34, a finance professional, part-time diving coach and surfer, who had been glum over the lockdown.
"It's hot in the summer, but I have the wind in my hair and I feel free."
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(Photo editing: Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson; Additional reporting by Sophie Yu, Tingshu Wang, Xiaoyu Yin and the Beijing Newsroom; Text editing by Tony Munroe and Alex Richardson; Layout: Marta Montana Gomez)