"Skateboarding and wakeboarding have strong chances of being included in the 2020 Olympic Games. Make no mistake I'm all for these 2 excellent additions. However, I wonder how they could leave out surfing. One of the greatest Olympians of all time, Duke Kahanamoku was a surfer 1st. It is one of the worlds most popular sport, by far more so than several Olympic events (think: race walking). Come on committee, its time to do what is fair and right." Gq.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) wants new sports and new audiences in the Olympic movement. In the history of the Olympiads, only two board sports have delivered medals: snowboarding and windsurfing.
While kiteboarding seems to be making a debut in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, surfing is still struggling to prove how popular it can be, in terms of global audience.