For the first time in history, Surfing was part of the Olympic Sports Program at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Surfers hailing from 18 countries across all 5 continents stepped into the global spotlight to show the power of Surfing to the world. History was made, Olympic Champions crowned, and dreams of countless youth around the world ignited, knowing that they too now have the ability to become Olympians.
Here are ten memorable moments from Surfing’s first-ever inclusion in the Olympic Games:
Carissa honors Duke’s dream
More than a century ago, the father of modern surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, first expressed his dream to see Surfing become an Olympic sport.
A native Hawaiian, Duke was an all-around waterman and an Olympic caliber swimmer. At the 1912 Stockholm Games, Duke swam for USA and earned a Gold Medal, starting his dream to one day see Surfing join the Olympic Program.
In 2021, Duke’s dream came full circle when Carissa Moore, also a Hawaiian, took the Women’s Surfing Gold Medal.
“Getting to share the sport with so many people that maybe have never even watched surfing was super special,” said Moore. “As a Hawaiian, just seeing Duke Kahanamoku’s dream come true to have surfing in the Olympics is super special. It’s a big time for surfing to be recognized on this level.”