The Olympic debut of surfing at the 2020 Tokyo Games will feature two shortboard events, one for men and one for women, and take place in Chiba, a coastal city about 20 miles east of Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium.


Organizers will use a two-week window to allow for the best possible wave conditions. This means competition could begin as early as day one or as late as day 15.


Surfing contests traditionally feature a bracket-style format with head-to-head heats during which athletes have 30 minutes to catch waves. A panel of judges scores each ride by analyzing the degree of difficulty, level of innovation and variety of the maneuvers.


The “father of surfing,” Hawaii native Duke Kahanamoku, won five Olympic medals (including three golds) in swimming at the 1912, 1920 and 1924 Games.

Tokyo 2020 – Surfing

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