As we reported last week, Kanoa Igarashi has officially been approved to represent Japan, and now Tatiana Weston-Webb, who has until now represented Hawaii, will switch country affiliations to represent Brazil, where her mother is from. “Today I’m excited to announce that, moving forward, I will be representing Brazil on both the WSL Championship Tour as well as in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo,” said Weston-Webb in a press release. “This is a major decision for me and one that I’m really excited about. “Most folks aren’t aware that my Dad is originally from England and my Mom is originally from Brazil.
Still, there are fewer women on tour at the moment flying the Brazilian flag than the Stars and Bars – meaning she might have a better shot earning a coveted Olympic birth if only slightly. “While this change gives me the opportunity to represent Brazil in 2020, all spots have to be earned and I’ll be trying my best to qualify as one of the few surfers able to represent their countries in the Olympics,” said Weston-Webb.
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