The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the final decision to include surfing in the Tokyo 2020 sports program.
It has been a very long battle but, after years of lobbying and meetings, Fernando Aguerre and the International Surfing Association (ISA) have finally convinced the IOC that surfing is the perfect addition to the Olympic movement.
Surfers will remember the 3rd August 2016 for the rest of their lives. Men and women will ride waves for gold, silver, and bronze medals under the image of the five interlocking rings designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, in 1912.
Tokyo 2020 will welcome 40 Olympic surfing athletes, and Chiba is the selected region for the competition. The 129th IOC Session also announced the inclusion of baseball/softball, sport climbing, skateboarding, and karate in the 2020 Summer Olympics.