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Surfing coming to 2020 Tokyo Olympics

SURFING: Yeah, it’s time to get excited! It’s been a long and enthusiastic process, but it’s nearly official that surfing will be joining skateboarding, karate, baseball/softball, and sports climbing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.


Tim Campbell

Friday 29 July 2016, 12:03PM


Kelly Slater, the world’s best and best-known surfer, rides under a wave on his man-made wave pool. Photo: Glaser
Kelly Slater, the world’s best and best-known surfer, rides under a wave on his man-made wave pool. Photo: Glaser

The International Olympic Committee approved the five additional sports in what’s being called “the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic program in modern history,” and all that’s left, is for the IOC to sign off the official papers as a group, which should, if things go according to plan, actually happen on Monday (Aug 1).

The IOC said that “these new sports represent a combination of well-established and emerging sports with significant popularity in Japan and beyond”.

However, one big question still remains and that is whether the ocean or a wave pool will be used for competing, but it would be hard to imagine the IOC not utilizing the recently acquired technology from Kelly Slaters Ranch at some point (see photo), especially in a place such as Tokyo that is driven by technological innovation.

Surfing in the ocean creates an unpredictable playing field which is exciting and challenging. The wave pool on the other hand is non-fluctuating, and also not as spectacular to watch.

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Either way, it’s great that the world’s biggest sporting event is finally taking surfing seriously.

Even more exciting is that it now gives Thai surfers the chance to represent their country and potentially win gold for surfing.

Can you imagine, Thailand winning a gold medal at surfing. Go get em surfers!

 

 

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