But, it’s not so simple: The ISA says that for those Olympic qualifiers to count, the ‘CT surfers must also surf in the 2019 and 2020 ISA Games, though their results in the ISA games have no actual bearing on anything.
However, the results of the 2019 ‘CT and next year’s ISA World Games (which will reward spots to the top 4 eligible men and the top 6 eligible women) will take precedence over these Games. Confusing? Thought so.
Meaning, for example, if Andino (who is currently the top-ranked American on tour for 2019) simply paddles out this week and gets a sad, last-place finish, he’ll still make the 2020 Olympics if he finishes the ‘CT season above his fellow Americans.
Read more here: Surfer Mag