Paris Includes Surfing on 2024 Olympic Games Sports Program

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Game ON!  The International Olympic Committee just approved the inclusion of surfing onto the official sports program for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. The Sport of Kings just took a step closer to permanent inclusion within the Olympics. Will stand up paddling be NEXT?

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IOC approves Surfing for 2024 Paris Olympic Games

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 25, 2019

The International Surfing Association (ISA) announced today that International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session approved the inclusion of surfing on the official sports program for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, after a vote by its membership during the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne.

Final ratification will be made by the IOC Executive Board, after the sport makes its much-anticipated landmark debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Today’s announcement moves Surfing even closer to long-term Olympic inclusion.

Surfing was first added to the Olympic Sports Program for Tokyo 2020 at the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Now, following today’s news, the ISA is looking ahead to Paris 2024 as a pathway to permanent inclusion in the Olympic Program in Los Angeles 2028 and beyond.

International Surfing Association (ISA) commends Olympic Committee

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

This is another amazing day for Olympic Surfing, as we move one step closer to Paris 2024 and long-term Olympic inclusion of the sport of kings. I want to personally thank both the IOC Membership and the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee for believing in our sport and for recognizing the value it brings. We are humbled and honored by the confidence placed in us.

Surfing is a sport for the new era of the Olympic Games. It is a sport that is truly ‘Made For Sharing’ in-line with the Paris 2024 values. Surfing combines high-performance action with a connection to the environment, sustainability and self-improvement. Surfing aligns perfectly with Paris 2024 and the age-old Olympic values. We are proud to have the chance to continue our journey with the IOC.

In Tokyo, we have the opportunity to show Surfing’s unique youthful personality and socially-engaged athletes to the world to cement our position within the Movement. Our Olympic Surfing Festival promises to be a truly innovative element to the program, showcasing our sport’s vibrant culture. I am positive that, together with our partners in Tokyo, we can bring a new dynamic youth appeal and leave a lasting legacy for Japan, the Olympic Games and the sport of surfing.

France, meanwhile, has an incredibly rich Surfing tradition and has hosted some of the most important events in the ISA calendar. Together with the French Surfing Federation and the Paris 2024 Organizers, I’m certain we can put together an event that inspires the nation and continues to celebrate surfing’s unique value and culture on a global stage. 

On behalf of the entire Surfing community, I would like to thank all involved in today’s decision.”  – ISA President Fernando Aguerre

What Happens NEXT:  Surfing in the Olympics

Paris 2024 has announced a public tender process for the selection of the host venue for surfing. The process will be conducted in coordination with the ISA and the French Surfing Federation. It will begin immediately with expressions of interest.  The process will also include a technical evaluation and site visits in the months of July and August, with the aim of announcing the host venue in December 2019.

The general gist of it is, once surfing has a foothold within the Olympic Program, the natural step would be to include stand up paddling (both surf & race).  So, every step closer the ISA and IOC takes to including surfing on the permanent docket for the Olympic Games, the closer SUP moves into the gap.  Stay tuned!