It has been officially announced that Surfing and Skateboarding are Olympic sports.
Action sports took a giant leap onto the world stage Wednesday when the International Olympic Committee announced they would be including skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Today the IOC voted to add surfing to the sporting menu of the 2020 Tokyo games, which was the final obstacle in the voting version of the 100-meter hurdles that new sports must, uh, hurdle, to get into the games. Today’s vote comes after a successful proposal by the Tokyo games organizers back in September to get to this vote, which prompted many surf media articles to be written that said: “Surfing Is Now An Olympic Sport.
- The event will take place in the ocean, not a wave pool. Venue will be at Chiba, a 45-minute or so train ride from Tokyo
- 40 competitors in total: 20 men, 20 women
- High-performance shortboarding only; no longboard, bodyboard, or SUP division
- Countries from all over the world will be represented, including many surfers not on the WCT