The Olympics have always been somewhat of an odd thing for surfers. On one side, there are the people who want it in there, along with all the other summer sports, like running really fast, running really far, jumping into sandpits, jumping over tall bars, and throwing various heavy or pointed objects as far as one can. Then there are the people who hate the idea of surfing in the Olympics. “It can’t be judged!” they yell. “It’s an art form!” And of course, there are the various groups in between, all in some stage of caring, from not at all to very much.
The International Surfing Association is in the caring very much camp, which makes perfect sense. It’s been one of their goals from the outset, and Fernando Aguerre, ISA Pres/guy that wears awesome shirts, has his sights set on Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics. The folks on the Olympic committee, though, aren’t exactly convinced. But following a pile of changes in the tail end of last year, there’s a decent chance they might come around. The reforms include making the games more attractive and relevant to a wider and modern audience.