The world better be ready.
The International Surfing Association, hours ago, released the much-anticipated Round 1 matchups for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and it has everything the diehard fan loves. Italo Ferreira vs. Leandro Usuna, Owen Wright vs. Manuel Selman, John John Florence vs. his knee, Kolohe Andino’s personal brand vs. Kanoa Igarashi’s and all in the non-elimination format we know and love.
The rules of engagement are thus:
Round 1: The first round is non-elimination. Surfers will be seeded into five heats of four surfers each, with the top two surfers advancing straight to Round 3. The bottom two surfers will be seeded into Round 2, the first elimination round.
Round 2: The second round will include two heats of five surfers each. The top three surfers of each heat will advance, while the bottom two surfers will be eliminated from the competition.
Round 3: Surfers will be seeded into eight heats of two surfers each. The surfer who places first moves through the bracket, while the surfer who places second is eliminated.
Round 4 (Quarterfinals): Features four heats of two surfers. The top surfer of each heat advances. The surfer in second is eliminated.
Round 5 (Semifinals): Two heats of two surfers. The top surfers go to the final. The bottom two surfers go to the Bronze Medal match.
Bronze Match: A two-person heat where the top surfer earns the Bronze Medal.
Gold Match: A two-person heat where the top surfer earns the Gold Medal and the second placing surfer earns the Silver Medal.
Who you got?
I’m flying to Italy tomorrow so you should heavily consider Leonardo Fioravanti.