Surfing is an amazing sport that requires a tremendous amount of skill and mesmerizes observers. Although people may not typically associate surfing with Canada, there is actually several talented surfers in the country. Not to mention, Canada does have some amazing surfing spots – we're looking at you Tofino. So now that surfing is going to be made an Olympic sport, we're excited that for the first time ever, Canada will have a surf team in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Get ready to watch Canada's most talented surfers compete with others around the world for the first time ever next year. This is definitely going to be an Olympic event to remember.
Next month, Canadian surfers will compete in iconic surf town Tofino, BC for a spot on the Canadian Olympic surfing team. The first step that surfers will have to take towards being able to represent Canada at The Olympics will be competing at the Rip Curl Nationals competition in at Wickaninnish Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve next month.
"Rip Curl Nationals will not only decide the 2019 Canadian Titles for Open Women’s and Men’s Shortboard but will also qualify the top Women and Men surfers to compete at the Team Trials May 13-14 to earn a coveted and historic spot to become the first Canadians on the 2020 Olympic Games qualification pathway," reads the news release from Surf Canada.
Well-known male and female Canadian surfers such as Bethany Zelasko, Mathea and Sanoa Olin, Hanna Scott, Paige Alms, Peter Devries, Cody Young, Sean Foerster, Noah Cohen, Kalum Temple, and Michael Darling will all be competing at the competition to claim a spot on Canada's 2019-20 National Team.
“Competitors in the Open Shortboard who get a great result at Rip Curl Nationals will be invited to compete at the Team Trials for a shot at qualifying for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games” said Dom Domic, Executive Director of Surf Canada, in the release.
“By combining points from Nationals and Team Trials will give those competitors multiple opportunities and will greatly increase the odds that the surfers representing Canada are our absolute best.”
The first ever surfing event in the Olympics will a shortboard competition, according to the Canadian Olympic Team's official website. There will be two events – one for men and one for women.
We can't wait to see which Canadian surfers are chosen to represent our country in the Olympics next year! Here's hoping Canada takes home the gold for the first ever surfing events.