Although Aguerre did seem to confirm once again that Olympic surfing would take place in the ocean, he—as has been the case for a few years now—remained open to the idea of holding events in a pool. “The ISA has long been a supporter and advocate for wave pool technology,” Aguerre told AFP. “We are interested to learn of any developments of this kind, and obviously we stay in touch with surfing colleagues on all new initiatives which help in the development of our great sport.
Back in 2016, when it was first announced that our little fringe sport was going to be part of the biggest stage in sports, Aguerre explained that one of the reasons that Olympic surfing would be held in the ocean was the lack of a suitable man-made wave to host it. “The reason why is that no [large scale] competition has been held on any man-made wave,” he told The Inertia. “Of course, that means that there is a possibility in the future that a wave pool could be used.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre Squashes Olympic Wave Pool Rumors… “The IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organisers have determined that surfing will take place in the ocean in Tokyo, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba.
In a recent interview, however, ISA president Fernando Aguerre seems to have squashed them… again. “With the support of the ISA,” he told the AFP on Tuesday, “the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organisers have determined that surfing will take place in the ocean in Tokyo, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba.
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