4 years ago today Surfing was voted for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
The International Surfing Association (ISA) today celebrates the four year anniversary since Surfing was voted for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The vote took place on August 3, 2016 at the 129th IOC Session during the 2016 Rio Games.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre, who led Surfing’s campaign for Olympic inclusion for decades, was present to witness the historic moment. Also in attendance to recognize the important occasion was two-time World Surf League (WSL) Champion and ISA Junior World Champion Gabriel Medina.
Today ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“It is wonderful to take a moment to celebrate the day in which Surfing’s century-old dream of Olympic inclusion was finally realized. It started with Duke’s original request for Surfing’s Olympic inclusion in 1920 and culminated with this 22-year ISA paddle to catch the Olympic Wave.
“I remember that day in 2016 like it was yesterday. It was pure bliss. I imagine that Duke was smiling down on us.
“No one can cross the ocean of life alone, and I give great thanks to my family, the ISA team, all our supporters, and the global Surfing community as a whole for coming together to achieve this lofty goal. We turned the once thought impossible, into the possible and eventually, into the inevitable.
“We are now in a new era of Surfing and the Olympic Games. We are eager to show the world the value, youth, and lifestyle that the sport will bring to Tokyo 2020.
“August 3, 2016 will forever be remembered as a game-changing moment not just for Surfing, but the overarching world of sport.”
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).