World’s best surfers begin pursuit of Olympic medals at 7am local time
Duke Kahanamoku’s century-old dream comes to fruition
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The first heats of Olympic Surfing competition are on schedule to start on July 25 at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba, Japan. History will be made as surfers represent their nations and pursue medals on the Olympic stage for the first time ever.
The competition will commence at 7am local time with 5 heats each of Men’s Round 1 and Women’s Round 1 to be followed by Round 2, the first elimination round.
Broadcast across the world, the competition will be carried by the Olympics rightsholder in each country. To find out where you can watch surfing in your country, visit our page ‘Where to watch Olympic surfing.’
The schedule is as follows:
7am – 5 heats Men’s Round 1
10:20am – 5 heats Women’s Round 1
1:40pm – 2 heats Men’s Round 2
3pm – 2 heats Women’s Round 2
Find the full schedule live results here.
The start time of competition is subject to change as per conditions. The official forecast from Surfline has called for a building typhoon swell to arrive at Tsurigasaki beach on Sunday, set to provide waves in the 3-4 foot range growing to 4-6 feet by the evening.
“It feels surreal,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “When I was first elected president of the ISA, I made it my mission to achieve Duke’s dream and elevate surfing to the greatest stage in sport. That moment has finally arrived, as tomorrow the first waves will be ridden, and the Olympic dream will continue to burn stronger than ever within the competitors and fans from all around the globe.
“This is our chance to showcase the youth, love, and high performance of surfing to the biggest global audience that has ever witnessed the sport. We are ready to share the healing powers, love, and community of surfing to all corners of the globe – continuing our mission to make the world a better place through surfing.”