16 women remain to determine 7 Olympic slots, 17 men remain to determine 5 Olympic slots
France and Japan hold lead in team ranking with two days of competition remaining at 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games
2019 World Surfing Games and Pan Am Games provisional qualifiers officially secure tickets to Tokyo 2020
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The 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games has arrived at the final weekend of competition, set to crown World Surfing Games Champions and finalize Surfing’s qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
12 slots remain to be awarded through the event – 5 for men and 7 for women – awarded to the top ranking eligible athletes.
Of the 16 women left in the Main Event and Repechage Rounds, 13 are gunning for the 7 slots. Three of the 16 surfers will not factor into the qualification because Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons have already qualified via the 2019 WSL Championship Tour (CT), the top event in the qualification hierarchy, and USA’s Alyssa Spencer cannot qualify because her country has already reached their quota of two women in Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks.
On the men’ side, 12 of the remaining 17 surfers are aiming to earning the 5 qualification slots. Four of the surfers left in the draw, Owen Wright (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Michel Bourez (FRA), and Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), have already qualified via the 2019 WSL CT.
Among the surfers still remaining in the draw are harrowing storylines that range from the hometown hero Bryan Perez carrying his country on his back to Japanese surfers whose qualification could come down to a battle with their teammates.