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The qualified surfers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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The qualified surfers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The shortboard competition will be held at Tsurigasaki Beach, in Chiba. The quest for gold, silver, and bronze medals will include 20 male surfers and 20 female athletes.

Surfing’s qualification system for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is complex and consists of two entities – the World Surf League (WSL) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Both the professional world tour and the world governing body have decided to split the spots available for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Japan, the host country, has automatically secured one slot for a female surfer and another one for a male athlete.

Later, four events will determine the competitors who will participate in surfing’s Olympic debut. They are as follow:

·        2019 Pan American Games – 1 male surfer and 1 female surfer;

·        2019 ISA World Surfing Games – 4 male surfers and 4 female surfers;

·        2019 World Surf League – 10 male surfers and 8 female surfers;

·        2020 ISA World Surfing Games – 4 male surfers and 6 female surfers;

Each country can only qualify a maximum of two surfing athletes per gender.

Men

·        Lucca Mesinas, Best American Male Surfer at the 2019 Pan American Games

·        Shun Murakami, Best Asian Male Surfer at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games

·        Ramzi Boukhiam, Best African Male Surfer at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games

·        Billy Stairmand, Best Oceania Male Surfer at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games

·        Frederico Morais, Best European Male Surfer at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games

Women

·        Daniella Rosas, Best American Female Surfer at the 2019 Pan American Games

·        Bianca Buitendag, Best African Female Surfer at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games

·        Shino Matsuda, Best Asian Female Surfer at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games

·        Ella Williams, Best Oceania Female Surfer at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games

·        Anat Lelior, Best European Female Surfer at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games

The mentioned surfers have secured provisional spots in the Tokyo 2020 and will lose their places in case 2 other fellow countrymen and countrywomen finish ahead of them at the 2020 ISA World Surfing Games.

Therefore, the official list of surfing athletes that will take part in the competition will only be revealed fully in June 2020, after the re-allocation of unused quotas.

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Sofia Mulanovich earns gold at 2019 ISA World Surfing Games in Japan

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Sofia Mulanovich earns gold at 2019 ISA World Surfing Games in Japan

Sofia Mulanovich has earned the gold medal in the women’s division at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games in Japan.

The 36-year-old female surfer defeated Silvana Lima, Carissa Moore, and Bianca Buitendag, in an extremely tight final that was held in Miyazaki, Japan.

The Peruvian surfer secured her career’s second gold medal in the World Surfing Games, a surfing event held by the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Sofia Mulanovich earns gold at 2019 ISA World Surfing Games in Japan

Sofia Mulanovich expressed, “I think that I’m in a dream. This isn’t happening. It’s unbelievable for me to win this event with all the best surfers of the world.”  The veteran won her first gold medal in Salinas, Ecuador, in 2004, when she was only 22 years old. That year was a golden year for Mulanovich. Besides the World Surfing Games title, she also earned the ASP World Tour trophy.

Past, Present, and Future

The Peruvian still is the only South American female athlete to be crowned world surfing champion.

Sofia Mulanovich concluded, “Two Peruvians won gold medals at the Pan American Games in Lima and my winning here adds to that. Surfing is fast growing in Latin America, and Peru is here to stay.”

Fernando Aguerre, the president of the ISA, believes that the women’s final was a “validation of the universal competitive landscape” of surfing.

“Sofia Mulanovich had a long career as a professional surfing athlete. Earning gold after 15 years and against this stars is incredible for her. I’m sure she is going to think about her chances for 2020.”

Meanwhile, four female surfers have secured spots in Tokyo 2020.

Shino Matsuda (Japan), Bianca Buitendag (South Africa), Anat Lelior (Israel), and Ella Williams (New Zealand) will only confirm their tickets for the Summer Olympics as the 2020 ISA World Surfing Games wrap up in May 2020.

These four female surfers will only lose their spots if there are two fellow countrywomen of the same gender qualifying ahead of them at the upcoming World Surfing Games.