It’s Official, Surfing is an Olympic Sport

2 Aug 2016 3

Carlos Burle - Like a boss.

Carlos Burle - Like a boss.

Today, the International Olympic Committee officially announced surfing will feature as an Olympic sport for the 2020 Tokyo Games. The inclusion comes after a decade long bid by ISA chairman Fernando Aguerre for surfing to be recognised by the I.OC.

A final confirmation vote in Rio earlier today sees surfing join skateboarding, sport climbing, baseball, softball and karate as new additions to the Games. Four years from now, Japan will host the world’s elite surfers between July 24th and August 9th. This window is on the cusp of typhoon season, which some argue is a less than competitive arena for the world’s best, though we will simply have to cross our fingers, keep our eyes on the charts and wait to see what conditions may align for surfing’s Olympic debut. 

We are yet to hear details of the competition format, which countries will compete, the selection process for teams or any involvement from the WSL. What we do know there will be 20 men and 20 women in the games. The event will be held at Chiba, not in a wavepool, and the discipline will be high-performance shortboarding only, no longboards, bodyboards or SUP divisons. 

In appraisal, Paul Speaker, CEO of the World Surf League said, “This is a huge moment for professional surfing and further highlights surfing’s rise as a global participatory and spectator sport. As hoe to the world’s best surfing, the WSL looks forward to working with the ISA to ensure that the sport is showcased in the best possible manner and with the world’s best athletes. It is awesome that our incredible athletes will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills to the global Olympic audience and compete for their countries.”

More on this as details unfold.

For the full breakdown of the Olympics rally – check out SW issue #377

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