USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!
It was announced, just a handful of months ago, that our surfing was to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I think most of us maybe sneered. I sure did, publicly too in the National Magazine Award winning Daily Beast story, “The Olympics Made Surfing Lame, Somehow.” Pour yourself a single malt Scotch and really savor the intro…
Surfing is probably going to be in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which is stupid and everyone I know agrees.
The nod is a big coup for the International Surfing Association and its president, Fernando Aguirre.
“Surfing has incredible and growing global appeal, particularly amongst young people,” Aguirre said. “It embodies a cool, playful lifestyle that would add a completely new element to the program, helping the Games reach new fans through live action and stunning broadcast opportunities.”
Except the broadcast opportunities won’t be stunning because the action will be taking place in a chlorine bathtub.
If you can believe it I was wrong! The action will not be taking place in a chlorine bathtub but in Japan’s glorious natural, God-made ocean!
Today it was revealed that there might be some nervousness re. no waves coming. Let us read in Japan Today:
The surfing competition will take place at Ichinomiya’s Tsurigasaki Beach instead of on artificial waves, leading to the fears that waves in the summer months may not be sufficient for the competition.
Aguerre, however, believes advanced weather forecasts will help the ISA organise the competition efficiently.
“We have a 10-year history of the place—the surfing direction, size, swirl, wind, everything, so we’re not surprised about how it’s going to be,” Aguerre told insidethegames.biz, a sports website focused on the Olympic Movement.
“The technology right now allows us 72 hours of forecast ahead of time of how the waves are going to be. We need two eight-hour days to run the competition so I think it’s very, very positive.”
Ok… just two quick question. If the surfing competition will take place at Ichinomiya’s Tsurigasaki Beach then what good will 72 hours of advanced forecast do? Will they move the site if no waves are coming to that area? Will they have the entire two week Olympic window to hold the event? Maybe that’s what he’s talking about. And my second question, have any of you ever surfed Ichinomiya’s Tsurigasaki Beach? Is it barrels or airs?
But what I really wanted to say is if the Olympics can run the entire damn show in two eight hour days, i.e. almost one swell event, then it is smarter than the World Surf League.
Am I right or am I right?