Have you ever wondered what it takes to qualify for the Olympics?
The Olympic Channel documented surfing’s aspiring Olympians at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, Japan — a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
With a behind-the-scenes perspective of the world’s best surfers pursuing their Olympic dreams, you will be able to see the dedication, emotion, camaraderie, and mental toughness required to take the next step to the world’s greatest sporting stage.
Catch the 7-part series:
Episode 1. Opening Day | Road to Tokyo: Surfing – The Qualifier Stories
Episode 2. Women’s Early Rounds | Road to Tokyo: Surfing – The Qualifier Stories
Episode 3. The Going Gets Tough | Road to Tokyo: Surfing – The Qualifier Stories
Episode 4. Tokyo Bound | Road to Tokyo: Surfing – The Qualifier Stories
Episode 5. Men’s Early Rounds | Road to Tokyo: Surfing – The Qualifier Stories
Episode 6. Gnarly Waves | Road to Tokyo: Surfing – The Qualifier Stories
Episode 7. Tears and Cheers | Road to Tokyo: Surfing – The Qualifier Stories
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).