The shortboard competition will take place at Tsurigasaki Beach, in Chiba. The quest for gold, silver, and bronze medals will involve 20 male surfers and 20 female athletes.
Surfing’s qualification system for Tokyo 2020 is complex and involves two entities – the International Surfing Association (ISA) and the World Surf League (WSL).
Both the world governing body and the professional world tour have decided to split the spots available for Tokyo 2020.
The host country, Japan, has automatically secured one slot for a male athlete and another one for a female surfer.
Then, four events will determine the competitors that will participate in surfing’s first Olympic appearance. They are as follow:
2019 Pan American Games (concluded) – 1 male surfer and 1 female surfer;
2019 ISA World Surfing Games (concluded) – 4 male surfers and 4 female surfers;
2019 World Surf League (to be decided) – 10 male surfers and 8 female surfers;
2020 ISA World Surfing Games (to be decided) – 4 male surfers and 6 female surfers;
Each nation can only qualify a maximum of two athletes per gender.
Olympic Surfing | Provisional Tokyo 2020 Qualification
Lucca Mesinas (PER) | Best American Male Surfer at 2019 Pan American Games
Shun Murakami (JPN) | Best Asian Male Surfer at 2019 ISA World Surfing Games
Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) | Best African Male Surfer at 2019 ISA World Surfing Games
Billy Stairmand (NZL) | Best Oceania Male Surfer at 2019 ISA World Surfing Games
Frederico Morais (POR) | Best European Male Surfer at 2019 ISA World Surfing Games
Daniella Rosas (PER) | Best American Female Surfer at 2019 Pan American Games
Bianca Buitendag (RSA) | Best African Female Surfer at 2019 ISA World Surfing Games
Shino Matsuda (JPN) | Best Asian Female Surfer at 2019 ISA World Surfing Games
Ella Williams (NZL) | Best Oceania Female Surfer at 2019 ISA World Surfing Games
Anat Lelior (ISR) | Best European Female Surfer at 2019 ISA World Surfing Games
The above surfers have secured provisional spots in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
They will only lose their places if two other fellow countrymen and countrywomen finish ahead of them, in qualifying positions, at the 2020 ISA World Surfing Games.
As a result, the official list of surfers that will participate in the historic competition will only be fully revealed in June 2020, after the re-allocation of unused quotas.