The 2020 Tokyo Olympic games will finally introduce the sport of surfing. Here are a few fun facts about this beloved beach sport. 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Surfing In The Olympics:
Among surfing lovers, we all want to know more about how the sport is making its way into mainstream culture over the years. ZEVN put together a list of 10 things you didn't (Or did!) about the Surfing in the Olympics. Here we go...
1) The founding father of modern surfing Kahanamoku was the first to dream of seeing surfing in the Olympic Games. That was over 100 years ago in 1919. It took a while, but his dream has come true!
2) The International Surfing Association (ISA) has been lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics since 1992.
3) Surfing and bodyboarding were officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) back in 1995. However, for a sport to be included in the games at least 75 countries must submit competitors, which has not been achieved until now.
4) The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced the inclusion of surfing on September 25, 2015. Olympic hopefuls have been preparing hard ever since.
5) Man-made wave parks are a large contributing factor to attracting new athletes to the sport, as not every country borders an ocean or has sufficient waves to surf. Also, you can train year-round in most wave parks.
6) Tokyo surfers will surf in the ocean, but it will not be feasible for every Summer Olympics host country to provide ocean access, like 2024 which is being held in Paris. This might mean a wave park is built or that surfing happens along a nearby coastline. We’ll have to wait to see.
7) Some argue that due to the inconsistency of ocean waves that wave parks should be the standard for all Olympic games. Even though award-winning surfer Kelly Slater has is own surf ranch he advocates for the artistry of surfing in the ocean while in competition.
8) Even if a country has excellent surfing conditions a wave park may need to be built as a backup in case the waves are poor, or conditions aren’t safe to surf.