Biarritz one-step closer to 2024 Olympics

French star Jeremy Flores is greeted by fans at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France.
Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Biarritz one-step closer to 2024 Olympics

Surfing
has been included in the organizer’s list for the official 2024 Summer Olympics program. Paris 2024 submitted surfing in their list of proposed new sports for inclusion at the Games in five years’ time to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC will scrutinize an approval at the 134th IOC Session taking place in Lausanne, Switzerland, in June, 2019. The IOC Executive Board should make the final and formal confirmation in December 2020.

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 around Biarritz and Hossegor, there will be no shortage of waves.

Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020, 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

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