Surfing Towards The First Olympics In Tokyo

September 3, 2018

On August 3, 2016, a dream came true for Fernando Aguerre, when the International Olympic Committee voted to include the sport of surfing in the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

As President of the International Surfing Association since 1994, Aguerre, a native of Argentina, led a tireless campaign for the inclusion of the sport in the Olympic programme.

The competition site for the 2020 Games will be Shidashita Beach, located about 40 miles outside of Tokyo in Chiba.

With only 32 Member Nations in 1995, the ISA has now grown to 100 members, including non-traditional surfing markets such as Iran, Sierra Leone, and Russia, to name a few.

He spoke exclusively to iSportconnect about the plans for the Tokyo competition, including the challenge of ensuring good surfing conditions.