This was supposed to be a big year for surfing. Twenty-twenty was the year that surfing finally made it to the Olympic stage, and whatever side of the fence you sit on, it can’t be denied that the Olympics would have glued a whole lot of eyes to surfing that weren’t previously glued to it. Then, of course, the world shut down. The Coronavirus threw a handful of enormous wrenches into nearly every machine across every society, and the Olympic committee was forced to postpone the Games. Initially, they were to run from July 24 through August 9. That means, of course, that right now we’re smack dab in the middle of what would have been surfing’s first Olympic Games.
One of the biggest concerns many surf fans had was the venue. Tsurigasaki Beach, also known as Shidashita Beach, is about an hour and a half from Tokyo. It was all set to host the surfing portion of the Games, but while it does get good there, it isn’t exactly a world-famous wave. The area, however, is a bit of a surf Mecca; it’s filled with pro surfers and surf shops, and when it’s on, it’s on. It’s just that it rarely is on at this time of year. If surfing is to be shown off to the world on the biggest stage in sports, the argument went, it should be shown off in the best possible conditions. So what would it have looked like?