Surfing is slotted and set for an oceanic debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the longterm format ideal for future Olympic Games, and internationally-minded events in general, is still a big unknown. Will competition remain in the ocean? Or will a wave pool hum in the background as the national anthem plays for the 2048 gold-medal winner? As this year’s ISA World Surfing Games began in May, a handful of teams delayed their route to Biarritz, France, to test out The Cove at Wavegarden’s R&D center in the Basque Country. The assembly-line rights are credited in more than one language here as an efficient tool to train a team’s athletes. Will that kind of replicable regimen ever make its way to an Olympic heat?