Surfing: with eyes on the Olympic Games | Photo: Nelly/ISA

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has officially submitted the application for surfing's inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Games, to be held in Japan.

Fernando Aguerre, president of the ISA, is confident that the sport of waves will make its Olympic debut in the land of the rising sun.

"I'm delighted to confirm that the ISA has submitted its application to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee for the inclusion of Surfing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games," says Aguerre.

"Our relationship with the Olympic Movement and inclusion in the Games has been a strategic priority for the ISA for many years and we are excited and energized by the spirit of change that has given us this opportunity."

In April, Fernando Aguerre attended the 2015 Sport Accord Convention, in Sochi, Russia, where he met Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, and pushed for surfing's inclusion in the Olympic Games.

"I'd like to offer my sincere thanks to the IOC and Tokyo 2020 for providing this opportunity. The ISA and the Surfing community will continue to do all that we can to help make our Olympic dream become a reality."

"I firmly believe that Surfing's incredible youth appeal, its unique core values and the sports willingness to innovate and embrace new technology would add huge value to Tokyo 2020 and to the Olympic Movement," concludes Fernando Aguerre.