By Sofia Nelson
The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo. The newest addition to the games is surfing and it will take place at Tsurigasaki Beach.
Many experienced surfers refer to Duke Kahanamoku as the “father of modern surfing.” He lived from 1890 to 1968, and through his time, managed to popularize the sport. There are
actually more technicalities to this seemingly simple sport than most would think.
How someone surfs or how well they take a wave really depends on your skills as a surfer, but also the board. In this competition, short boards will be the only boards used. The short board’s pointed tip aids with turning, manoeuvres quicker and tends to be more amenable to more dynamic techniques.
Tokyo has already had their surfing test trials, “Ready Steady Tokyo,” at Enoshima Yacht Harbour on July 19-21 2019. According to Olympicchannel.com, there are six rounds the surfers go through to complete the trials: round 1, round 2, round 3, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.
This will be an exact representation of how the games will be run. The games will be divided into 20 men and 20 women competing for their chance at the gold.
Some say the people to look out for are John John Florence(USA), Gabriel Medina and Adriano De Souza(Brazil), Tyler Wright(AU), Stephanie Gilmore(AU) and Sally Fitzgibbons(AU). Each already crowned at their individual competitions as the best.
One thing’s for sure, they will all be fiercely fighting for that title.