Surfing at the Olympics

After lobbying for inclusion into the Olympic Games for many years, surfing was finally accepted onto the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, along with four other new sports.

In August 2015, the International Surfing Association (ISA) put forward the disciplines of traditional short board surfing and stand-up paddle boarding as their proposed events for 2020. Their plan features either a man-made wave facility or a temporary construction to be located on one of the city's beaches

Some of the challenges the sport will face is making it a more spectator friendly sport, and also it would be a challenge for a landlocked country without a coastline to host a surfing event. Even if there was a coastal area, it does not mean that good surf could be guaranteed. This may man that Olympic surfing would require the construction of an expensive wave-generating stadium, which would be pretty cool.

Surfing is already on the program for the World Beach Games. The sport was also added to the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, a boost to its chances of being included on the programme for the 2020 Olympics.

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