In case you weren’t aware, El Salvador’s 200 miles of coastline plays host to a wide variety of world-class surf. From iconic point breaks like Punta Roca in La Libertad to the consistent right points in Las Flores and a variety of beach breaks in between, it’s no wonder the surfing’s final Olympic qualifier will take place in El Salvador May 29-June 6. Specifically, 257 surfers from 52 countries are coming together to compete for 12 slots in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Seven women and five men will be headed to La Bocana and El Sunzal Beach. Surfing’s last Olympic qualifier will send 12 more surfers to the Olympics. Seven for women and five for men.
Competitors will be vying for World Surfing Games gold medals and national pride. Brazil’s Italo Ferreira will be looking to defend the 2019 WSG title he earned in Miyazaki, Japan, as well as Brazil’s 2019 Team World Champion title. Brazil will have four already-qualified team members in attendance, including Gabriel Medina, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Silvana Lima, along with Italo. The only other team with that many provisionally qualified Olympic athletes in attendance is Team Australia, with WSL superstars Julian Wilson, Owen Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons, and Steph Gilmore competing.