Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore and Brazil’s Italo Ferreira earn top heat totals
Japan’s Hiroto Ohhara shines with hometown support
USA’s John John Florence set to face off against teammate Kolohe Andino
19-year-old ISA Scholarship winner Daniella Rosas bows out, but bright future awaits
Ramzi Boukhiam aims to grow Moroccan surfing
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Surfers officially joined the action at the Tokyo 2020 Games on July 25, riding the historic first waves ever in Olympic competition.
The world’s best surfers hailing from 18 countries around the globe took to the water at Tsurigasaki beach to display the youthful, high-performance values of Surfing to the widest global audience to ever witness the sport.
Two of the biggest stars in surfing were the standout performers. Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore and Brazil’s Italo Ferreira took the highest heat totals for the women’s and men’s divisions, respectively.
Gilmore earned an impressive 14.5 heat total – the highest of the day among all surfers – to advance straight into Round 3 where she will match up against South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag in the single elimination format.
Ferreira got the historic first-ever Olympic Surfing heat of the day off to a blazing start with an assortment of aerials that earned him a 13.67 total. He advanced through the heat alongside Japan’s Hiroto Ohhara, forcing Argentina’s Leandro Usuna and Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti to surf again in Round 2.
“I am so stoked. It’s a special event,” said Ferreira. “I have been training a lot for the past couple months, so I am glad to finally be here.
“That was a good heat just to put pressure on [the other competitors] and try to impress the judges, see how they score.
“Being an Olympian is special to everyone, especially the surfers. I am happy to be a part of this history.”