How To Qualify for Olympic Surfing 2024

Mark your calendars for July 27, 2024! A wild storm of surfers is headed towards Tahiti to conquer the Teahupoo waves. Due to its distinct location, this is going to be the most-watched surfing event in history.

With the qualifying events finally over, these champions are more than ever determined to showcase their skills to the world. Every surfer has a different story to tell. Only time will tell who takes home the medal.

Are you curious about the qualifying criteria for Olympic Surfing and the surfers who made the cut? Dive into the article to find out.

Where Will the Surfing be in the 2024 Olympics

Experience the thrill as seasoned surfers battle it out against the monstrous Teahuppo’ in Tahiti, French Polynesia. Known to give a tough time to surfers, the epic spot is located 9,755 miles from Paris, setting the record for the most distant Olympic medal event location from the host city.

The event will run from July 27 to August 8, with 48 surfers trying to score a PERFECT 10. After making its debut in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, surfing is back in the Olympics as a core game, attracting spectators from worldwide.

Is Surfing a Permanent Olympic Sport

Surfing had a tough time getting into the Olympics because it’s tricky to host in landlocked countries and there’s a big risk of drowning. The IOC was pretty cautious about these issues. But on August 3, 2016, surfing and four other sports finally got the green light for the 2020 Olympics.

The next Olympic games are scheduled to be held in Los Angeles from 21 July to 8 August 2028.

The Paris 2024 Qualification System

To compete in the Olympic Surfing Event in Paris 2024, surfers must meet the specific criteria set by the International Surfing Association. To qualify, surfers need to do well in certain competitions so that they can earn a spot in the main event.

Key Competitions

ISA World Surfing Games

Surfers need to participate in the 2022, 2023, and 2024 ISA World Surfing Games to qualify. It’s a must to earn a spot at the Olympics.

World Surf Championship Tour

The top ten guys and the top 8 ladies from the 2023 WSL Championship Tour will qualify for the Olympics.

Pan American Games

The winners of the men’s and women’s shortboard events at the 2023 Pan American Games will secure a place at the Olympics.

Host Country Quotas

France being the host country, has guaranteed spots for one male and one female surfer. 

Universality Places

The IOC is introducing Universality spots, which let eligible NOCs send surfers to the game. Surfers need to be in the top 50 at the 2023 or 2024 ISA World Surfing Games to qualify.

Surfer’s Eligibility

To compete in the Olympic Surfing Event, surfers need to follow some rules:

  • Be from the country they represent
  • Be in good standing with their surfing organization like ISA and the National Federation
  • Participate in key competitions mentioned above
  • Accept their nomination to compete.

National Federation Requirement

The National Federation (NF) can only pick surfers who meet the requirements for the Olympic Surfing event. If there are surfers from the areas in the World Surf League Championship Tour, NFs have to follow certain rules based on WSL rankings. If a nominated surfer says no, the NF has to choose the next best surfer.

These rules may change over time.

Participants Competing in the 2024 Olympics

Let’s take a look at the surfers who qualified for the olympics 2024 Games. Paris will witness these 48 surfers in action, competing for the gold medal.

Men

  • Rio Waida (Indonesia)
  • John John Florence (US)
  • Alonso Correa (Peru)
  • Jordy Smith (South Africa)
  • Ethan Ewing (Australia)
  • Reo Inaba (Japan)
  • Leonardo Fioravanti (Italy)
  • Joan Duru (France)
  • Andy Criere (Spain)
  • JoĂŁo Chianca (Brazil)
  • Ramzi Boukhiam (Morocco)
  • Filipe Toledo (Brazil)
  • Matthew McGillivray (South Africa)
  • Griffin Colapinto (US)
  • Lucca Mesinas (Peru)
  • Tim Elter (Germany)
  • Kanoa Igarashi (Japan)
  • Kauli Vaast (France)
  • Billy Stairmand (New Zealand)
  • Jack Robinson (Australia)
  • Alan Cleland Jr (Mexico)

Women

  • Sanoa Dempfil-Olin (Canada)
  • Camilla Kemp
  • Brisa Hennessy (Costa Rica)
  • Saffi Vette (New Zealand)
  • Sarah Baum (South Africa)
  • Caroline Marks (US)
  • Vahine Fierro (France)
  • Johanne Defay (France)
  • Shino Matsuda (Japan)
  • Carissa Moore (US)
  • Sol Aguirre (Peru)
  • Tyler Wright (Australia)
  • Nadia Erostarbe (Spain)
  • Siqi Yang (China)
  • Taina Hinckel (Brazil)
  • Yolanda Sequeira (Portugal)
  • Anat Lalior (Israel)
  • Tatiana Weston-Webb (Brazil)
  • Teresa Bonvalot (Portugal)
  • Janire Gonzalez-Extabarri (Spain)
  • Molly Picklum (Australia)

Conclusion

As anticipation builds for the Paris 2024 Olympics at Teahupoo, surfers from across the globe are gearing up to ride the legendary waves. It will consist of three rounds – quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. 

With John John Florence and Carissa Moore returning from last year, Team US is standing strong against the competition.  The event matches the Teahupoo’s usual peak season, from April to October, when big swells bring the waves to life. You don't want to miss the electrifying showdown to be held in Tahiti.

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