"Surfing is truly a global sport, more popular and more widely practiced
than many current Olympic sports. Surfing is pursued in every corner of
the world, in more than a hundred countries.
There are now over 25 million surfers worldwide!
Because of its enormous popularity and cachet, surfing is used as a
marketing tool by banks, fashion brands, cars, watches, and countless
other entities, not to mention the multibillion-dollar industry of
surfing’s own lifestyle brands.
Surfers are a strong and positive influence on young people around the
world. They are a very relevant part of our youth’s culture and serve as
inspirational figures, naturally representing the Olympic values.
If surfing is included as an Olympic sport, it will be great for surfing, of
course. More importantly, however, it will be a great contribution to
excellence and relevance of the IOC’s Summer Games and the Youth
Summer Games" Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association
"Sure, some might say that surfing will lose its soul, but the truth is
surfing never changes, just the people.
I support the idea of surfing in the Olympics. I mean, there's
badminton, right? And that thing you do with the broom. How many
people are directly involved in those around the world? Not that many, I
I don't think it will commercialize surfing much more than it already is.
Lots more people surf now than in my day, that's a fact and we might
as well accept it, so why not put it in the Olympics?" Gerry Lopez, surfer and Mr. Pipeline
"It’s gonna take some patience for the world to realize what an
amazing sport we have". Hank Gaskell, pro surfer
"A sick wave pool that everyone is talking about. It would be amazing
to surf for a gold medal. Maybe Brazil 2016". Mick Fanning, pro surfer
"Surfing should be an Olympic Sport for sure. We surf against the best
surfers from countries around the world on the ASP. It would be unreal
competing alongside Kelly Slater against friends like Mick Fanning,
while representing the U.S.A. Now more then ever there are many
countries with talented surfers.
Signs point to continuing in this direction. It would be hard to have the
event when the hosting city is land locked, but with the way technology
is going it seems we will be able to bring world class waves and surfing
anywhere". Taylor Knox, pro surfer
"Yes, I think surfing should be included, and I would absolutely love to
surf in the Olympics. It would be such a great honor to represent my
country. Plus, it would be a sick competition with the Brazilians
teaming together against the other counties. And of course we would
win. Haha! Hopefully it will happen". Gabriel Medina, pro surfer
July 2011 - Surfing is not included in the 2020
Olympic Games. Only a board sport - wakeboard -
October 2009 – ISA President Fernando Aguerre
traveled to Copenhagen as an official participant
in the Olympic Congress. He attended the very
exciting announcement of Rio as host for the 2016
October 2008 - Surfing is included in the first
annual, OAC sanctioned Asian Beach Games
which takes place in Bali, Indonesia.
August 2008 - ISA President releases his document
"Surfing in the Olympics", a widely circulated
article that becomes a key piece in the ISA's path
towards IOC Games and other multisport surfing
June 2008 - ISA President attends SportAccord,
where he makes the case for inclusion of Surfing
in the Cultural, Education and/or Cultural
Programs of the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic
Games, and 2012 London Olympic Games.
October 2007 - ISA President attends the IF Forum
in Lausanne, where he engages several IOC and IF
officials in the desirability of surfing as an
December 2003 - The ISA signed the contract with
WADA, conforming to the IOC's Anti-Doping
November 2003 - ISA filled out and submitted a
re-evaluation document for the IOC records.
December 2002 - Surfing was officially put on the
South Pacific Games Program.
August 2002 - ISA receives a letter saying that
surfing would not be considered for the Beijing
Olympic Games in 2008. The reason being that the
ISA has not yet fulfilled the requirement of having
November 1997 - IOC requests two ISA flags, one
for the IOC Headquarters and one for the IOC
September 1997 - IOC grants "outright
recognition" to the ISA as a "Recognized
January 1997 - ISA produces a promotional
video-tape about the World Surfing Games '96 and
sends a copy of it to all IOC Members.
October 1996 - The International Surfing
Association held it’s World Surfing Games October
5-13 in Huntington Beach, CA. The 1996 ISA World
Surfing Games was the world's largest-ever
surfing contest, featuring almost 600 competitors
from 36 nations.
August 1996 - Invitations are sent to International
Olympic Committee members and United States
Olympic Committee members, inviting them to
attend the ISA World Surfing Games in October at
August 1996 - The Olympic "Questionnaire for
admission" is completed and sent back to the
International Olympic Committee.
June 1996 - IOC President Samaranch, at the
conclusion of his June meeting with ISA Chairman
Aguerre, unexpectedly announced the creation of
a special "IOC President's Trophy" to be given to
the team winner at the ISA World Surfing Games.
May 1996 - Mr. Joao Havelange, President of FIFA
(Federation Internationale Football Association-the
world's largest sporting federation), becomes an
ambassador for surfing.
September 1995 - ISA reaches the decision to
make a special donation to the IOC museum in
honor of becoming a recognized federation.
June 1995 - The International Olympic
Committee's Annual Congress ratifies the
Executive Committee's decision officially
recognizing the ISA as the International Federation
for surfing and body boarding, thus formally
welcoming the sports to the Olympic movement.
April 1995 - IOC Executive Committee grants
provisional recognition to the International Surfing
March 1995 - Aguerre rallies support of the U.S.
surf industry and brings the ISA World Surfing
Games to Huntington Beach, USA, as a
consequence of the original host country, South
Africa not being able to host the event.
August 1994 - ISA files application for recognition
by the International Olympic Committee.
May 1994 - Fernando Aguerre is elected Chairman
of the ISA and includes Olympic Surfing as part of
the ISA's plan for the inclusion in the Sydney 2000
April 1994 - Lobbying continues for Surfing to
become an Olympic sport. Jacques Hele attends
several international sports meetings.
November 1992 - International Surfing Association
(ISA) President Jacques Hele lobbies for surfing.