Surfing just took one step closer to becoming an official Olympic sport yesterday morning when the IOC’s Executive Board voted to approve it as one of five sports to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As we’ve discovered, nothing moves quickly when it comes to Olympic decisions, and one more hurdle remains: a final vote in August. No matter how you feel about it, the train is moving, and momentum tends to favor the train. There has been a lot of conjecture about how this contest will actually take place. The short of it: It won’t be in a wave pool. Forty athletes will compete (20 men and 20 women). And a diversity of nations will be represented. We caught up with ISA President Fernando Aguerre, the conductor of said train, to get the skinny.
Fernando, we just got word that reports seem positive that surfing will be included in the 2020 Olympics. Can you provide any insight into that development?