The International Surfing Association (ISA) is pleased and encouraged by today’s decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session to approve the inclusion of Surfing on the Sports Programme for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, after a vote by its membership during the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne.
Final ratification will be made by the IOC Executive Board, after the sport makes its much-anticipated landmark debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Today’s announcement moves Surfing even closer to long-term Olympic inclusion.
Surfing was first added to the Olympic Sports Programme for Tokyo 2020 at the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Now, following today’s news, the ISA is looking ahead to Paris 2024 to create a pathway to permanent inclusion in the Programme in Los Angeles 2028 and beyond.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“This is another amazing day for Olympic Surfing, as we move one step closer to Paris 2024 and long-term Olympic inclusion. I want to personally thank both the IOC Membership and the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for believing in our sport and for recognizing the value it brings. We are humbled and honoured by the confidence placed in us.
“Surfing is a sport for the new era of the Games, a sport that is truly ‘Made For Sharing’ in line with Paris 2024 values. Surfing combines high-performance action with a connection to the environment, sustainability and self-improvement. Surfing aligns perfectly with Paris 2024 and the Olympic values and we’re proud to have the chance to continue our journey with the IOC.
“In Tokyo, we have the opportunity to show Surfing’s unique youthful personality and socially-engaged athletes to the world and cement our position within the Movement. Our Olympic Surfing Festival promises to be a truly innovative element to the programme, showcasing our sport’s vibrant culture. I am positive that, together with our partners in Tokyo, we can bring a new dynamic youth appeal and leave a lasting legacy for Japan, the Games and our sport.
“France, meanwhile, has an incredibly rich Surfing tradition and has hosted some of the most important events in the ISA calendar. Together with the French Surfing Federation and the Paris 2024 Organisers, I’m certain we can put together an event that inspires the nation and continues to celebrate our sport’s unique value and culture on a global stage.
“On behalf of the entire Surfing community, I would like to thank all involved in today’s decision.”
Paris 2024 has announced a public tender process for the selection of the host venue for surfing. The process will be conducted in coordination with the ISA and the French Surfing Federation. It will begin immediately with expressions of interest. It will include a technical evaluation and site visits in the months of July and August, with the aim of announcing the host venue in December 2019.
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).