How the Pan Am Games Likely Just Decided Surfing’s First Two Olympians

Surfing made its debut at the 2019 Pan American Games last week, where the relatively unknown Peruvians Lucca Mesinas and Daniella Rosas took home gold in the men’s and women’s shortboard divisions, each earning a potential seat at the 2020 Olympic Games outside of Tokyo at Shidashita Beach (about 30 miles south of Tokyo in Chiba Prefecture).

As it stands now, Mesinas and Rosas will be at the 2020 games provided Peru’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) doesn’t qualify the maximum quota for a nation (two surfers per gender) at the 2020 ISA World Surfing Games, of which the results supersede those of the Pan American Games (if this is confusing, read our breakdown of the Olympic qualification process here).

Half a century later, there are now well over 30 sports and 5,000 athletes competing in the Pan Ams, and finally, after much agitation thanks to ISA executive committee chairman Fernando Aguerre (ARG) who’s been pushing for the sport’s presence at both the Pan Ams and the Olympics for about two decades, surfing was inducted into the 2019 (officially XVIII) games.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

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