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Tokyo Olympics Surfing Event

The world’s top surfers will celebrate their sport’s Olympic debut by competing on Japan’s spectacular Pacific coastline.


Surfing is one of five additional sports proposed by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to bring more youthful and vibrant activities into the Olympic programme. In 2016, its inclusion was approved by the International Olympic Committee.

The competition will take place on the open ocean, where the condition of the waves, the direction and strength of the wind, and the height of the tides will all be factors. No two waves are alike, making Surfing a competition against nature as much as it is a contest between the competing athletes.

Shortboards will be used at the Tokyo 2020 Games, where 20 men and 20 women will compete in separate competitions.


USA, the spiritual home of the sport, will be eager to make its mark in this inaugural Olympic competition. Australia is also renowned for its strong surfers while, in Brazil, the sport is second only to Football in popularity.

Athletes from these three countries have been leading contenders in the World Surf League, notably John John Florence (USA) who was men’s champion in 2016 and 2017; and the Brazilian pairing of Gabriel Medina and Adriano De Souza, who were victorious in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

The women’s World Surf League championship has been dominated by Australian surfers, with Tyler Wright, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons ending the 2017 season in first, second and third positions.

Who will be crowned the first ever Olympic Surfing champion at Tsurigasaki Beach?