2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games on Track to Qualify Final 12 Slots for Tokyo 2020

May 13th, 2021

All Olympic qualifiers to be honored at Closing Ceremony

The International Surfing Association (ISA) today reaffirms that the 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games is well on track to run May 29 – June 6 across two locations in El Salvador – El Sunzal and La Bocana.

This event is the last in Surfing’s Qualification System for Tokyo 2020, set to award the final 12 slots to the highest ranking eligible athletes – 7 slots for women and 5 for men. 28 of the 40 surfers to compete in Tokyo 2020 have already provisionally qualified via the 2019 World Surf League Championship Tour, the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games, and the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

An ISA delegation led by Executive Director Robert Fasulo visited the sites at the end of April to meet with the organizers and Salvadorean tourism, health and security leaders to advance the planning of the event and implementation of a robust health and bio-safety plan.

View health and bio-safety protocol here.

The World Surfing Games are expecting to receive athletes from upwards of 50 nations around the globe to represent their nations and vie for the final available Olympic slots.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“Finally the moment is arriving to qualify the final Olympic surfers. It has been a challenging time for much of the year around the globe, but we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are running full steam ahead toward the World Surfing Games and Tokyo 2020.

“The Closing Ceremony will be particularly special at this event, as we will gather the qualified surfers and recognize and honor them for their successful efforts to become the first Olympic surfers ever. This historic feat is something that will live with them forever.

“We are very satisfied with the progress that our team and the government of El Salvador have made in the implementation of the health and bio-safety plan. We have been consulting with health experts, both internal and external, to ensure that we are creating a safe environment for all participants of the event.

“We are looking forward to hosting the world’s best National Surfing Teams and uniting the global community of surfers in peace once again.”

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