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Saturday: Day one in the History Books. The Olympics kicked off Saturday July 24th in Hawaii (25th in Japan)
WSL: The Shida Daily: Surfing’s Olympic Debut went on Opening Day Of Waiting Period
Surfing competition at ‘Tokyo 2020’ took place Saturday and they now have 1 week left in the 8-day window from July 25 to August 1 local time in Japan.
The competition can be run in as little as four days.
Olympic Surfing Schedule: Run days competition will be called on at 7:00am local time (Noon daily for HI Time)
You can watch on NBC (1008 KHNL)
After decades of work, the heartbreak and triumph of qualification and the pageantry of the Opening Ceremony, there’s every chance we’ll see Olympic Surfing get underway today.
There is an eight-day period, and it will take four of those days to complete the event — meaning that within the next week we’re likely to know who won Gold for the country.
This has been a long time coming, especially after the Games were delayed by a year due to the ongoing pandemic – which is still sinking its teeth into proceedings, with Portugal’s Frederico Morais unable to compete due to an infection.
But despite the ups and downs, some of the world’s best surfers are about to put on a show in front of the biggest audience the sport has ever seen.
The Battle For Medals Begins
There are six nations in the field who have sent a full team to Tokyo — two men and two women — and the competition for who tallies the most medals will be fierce.
On the men’s side, it’s hard to argue that Team Brazil are the clear favorites, with Gabriel Medina and Italo Ferreira two of the most dominant athletes in the sport today.
While when it comes to the women, Team USA and Team Australia will be the ones to watch, with four-time World Champion Carissa Moore and young phenomenon Caroline Marks representing the stars and stripes, and seven-time World Champion as well as fierce competitor Sally Fitzgibbons on Team Australia.
But this is a new format, in an unfamiliar venue for most of the field. There’s every chance we could see some big upsets, and a lesser-known athlete make a huge name for themselves.