Paris 2024 wants surfing in the Olympic Games

February 21, 2019 | Surfing
France: a country in love with surfing | Photo: Evans/ISA

Surfing is one of the four new sports proposed for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The sport of riding waves - alongside skateboarding, climbing, and breakdancing - was included in the organizer's list for the official 2024 Summer Olympics program.

Paris 2024 submitted the four sports to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

They will scrutinize internally before a provisional approval at the 134th IOC Session, which is scheduled to take place in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 24, 2019.

The IOC Executive Board should make the final and formal confirmation in December 2020.

Long-term Olympic Inclusion

Aguerre hopes that this decision takes surfing one step closer towards the goal of long-term Olympic inclusion.

"We are excited and humbled that Paris 2024 has included surfing on the list of proposed sports for their Olympic Games," underlines Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

"France has a rich and deep tradition in surfing. The country hosted the most important events in the ISA calendar as well as a multitude of annual, top-level professional events, France is also the proud home to some of the world's best surfers."

Paris is a landlocked capital, but with the advent of wave pools and the high-quality surf breaks that can be found in the southwest of France, there will be no shortage of waves.

Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020. The wave riding competition will take place at Tsurigasaki Beach, in Japan.

The official qualification system for Tokyo 2020 has already been defined. There will be 20 male and 20 female surfers competing for gold, silver and bronze medals.

The ISA has also shown interest in showcasing surfing in Los Angeles 2028 so that the sport gets the celebration it deserves in California.