According to ISA President and the leader of the effort to get surfing in the Olympics, Fernando Aguerre, the games are happening in the ocean no matter what. “With the support of the ISA, the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organizers have determined that surfing will take place in the ocean in Tokyo, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba,” said Aguerre in a press release. “In addition, the ISA is excited about showcasing surf culture and lifestyle through an innovative beach festival concept at the Games.
Pumping, barreling waves like the ones Andy Irons and Kelly Slater competed against each other in Japan in 2005 might draw some global attention to surfing, but if it’s two feet and onshore, like it is for most Japanese WQS events, it will be tough for the groveling to compete with the 32 other Olympic sports being contested in Tokyo.
The WSL, which owns KS Wave Co. , was also bullish on the potential of the Olympics happening in a Slater pool. “We are trying to get a wave facility built in Tokyo in time,” WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt told Sports Business Daily. “Hopefully, if we can get it built, there’s a good chance that the Olympics would take place in one of our facilities.
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