Surfing Shortlisted for 2020 Olympics

One step closer to surfers going for the gold

No word yet on what the Olympic wavepool would look like, but it's a safe bet the Wavegarden engineers will have a say.
No word yet on what the Olympic wave pool would look like, but it’s a safe bet the Wavegarden engineers will have a say. Photo: Maassen

The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee announced early this morning that it approved surfing for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo games. This doesn’t mean that surfing is officially in yet, just that the Tokyo games organizers have recommended its addition, along with four other sports — baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, and skateboarding. The surfing portion would be shortboard only, and have 40 participants, 20 male and 20 female.

No word from either the Tokyo organizers or the WSL as far as how the competition would look. It does seem certain that there’d be a wave pool, though.

The IOC still has to formally approve the inclusion of any of these new sports, and will announce its final decision in August 2016 during the summer games in Brazil.

From the WSL press release:

“We are pleased that surfing has been recommended for inclusion in the 2020 Games by the Tokyo Olympic Organizers,” said Kieren Perrow, Commissioner of the World Surf League, the sport’s global professional governing body. “Surfing’s international growth over the past few years, its loyal and enthusiastic fans combined with its globally recognized athletes makes it an ideal sport to showcase on the Olympic stage. We’re excited to show billions of Olympic viewers the athleticism and artistry of these world-class surfers.”