At just 5 feet 2 inches tall (1.57m), Shino Matsuda’s small stature and sweet smile are deceiving. Hidden in that compact frame is an elite, up-and-coming surfer who has her sights set on the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Once you see Shino surf, any preconceived notions about her power on a surfboard get thrown out the window. She can be seen on the beaches of Japan – and all around the world — crushing waves and controlling her surfboard with style, precision and power.
It’s this skill on a surfboard that has booked the 18-year-old’s ticket to Tokyo 2020.
Shino went head to head with the world’s best National Surfing Teams at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, Japan and more than held her own. She finished in 15th place, and as the highest ranking surfer from Asia, was awarded a continental qualification slot for Tokyo 2020.