ISA Celebrates Two Years to Olympic Debut at Tokyo 2020

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The International Surfing Association (ISA) is today celebrating two years out from its Olympic debut, following Surfing’s historic inclusion on the Olympic Sports Programme for Tokyo 2020.

At the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, during the 129th IOC Session, Surfing was unanimously elected on to the Sports Programme for Tokyo 2020, and today marks exactly two years until the start of the Games and Surfing’s Olympic bow.


Olympic hopeful, Jhony Corzo (MEX), claims Gold at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

At Tokyo 2020, the ISA will blend elite competition with exciting cultural activities, and is offering a unique Surfing Beach Festival venue plan that will serve as the perfect platform to emphasise youth-engagement, surfing lifestyle and innovation in line with Tokyo’s vision for the Games.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, also reaffirmed the ISA’s ambition to build on Surfing’s debut at Tokyo 2020 for inclusion in Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028.

Discussing the landmark, President Aguerre said:

“As we celebrate two years to go to Tokyo 2020, we look at the incredible journey we have been on so far and everything we still have in store moving forward. Olympic Surfing’s debut at Tokyo 2020 promises to be a unique moment and together with the IOC and Tokyo 2020 we have pledged to bring Surfing’s distinct culture and youthful energy to the Games.

“Our Surfing Beach Festival, which will run alongside the competition, will bring an exciting dimension to the Olympic Surfing experience and offer to fans and athletes alike an Olympic experience like no other. We are delighted to continue to work alongside the IOC and the Tokyo Organising Committee to put together the best conditions for Surfing’s Olympic debut.

“As we look towards the future, we also set our sights on inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and of course Los Angeles 2028.

“The Surfing culture in France is vibrant and flourishing. Our most recent 2017 ISA World Surfing Games took place in the west coast city of Biarritz, where top French athletes Pauline Ado, Jeremy Flores, Joan Duru, and Johanne Defay led their country to their first ever Team Gold Medal. The French fans demonstrated their passion and love for Surfing and showed up in the tens of thousands to support their national team.

“I am confident that our ongoing strong relationship with the IOC and the Paris 2024 team, and France’s appetite for Surfing, will help our case as we look ahead to the 2024 Games and then in due course to the Californian coast and hotbed of global surfing with Los Angeles 2028.”

About the International Surfing Association:

The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Para Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012; and World Para Surfing Champions in 2015.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Federations of 108 countries on five continents. The ISA is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (ARG). The Executive Committee includes four Vice-Presidents Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL), Athletes’ Commission Chair Justine Dupont (FRA), Regular Members Atsushi Sakai (JPN) and Jean Luc Arassus (FRA) and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as Ex-officio Member.

Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California (USA).