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Members of Team Japan at the opening ceremony of the 2021 ISA World Games. Photo: Pablo Jimenez/ISA

Confirmed: Surfing’s First Generation Of Olympians

40 surfers from 17 countries will compete in Japan.

Words by Stab

They got it done. 

After 28 positive Covid tests—and a dose of controversy with the CT surfers—threatened the 2021 ISA World Games in El Salvador, they pushed through and finished it off. The event wrapped today and was won individually by Sally Fitzgibbons and Joan Duru and overall by Team France. 

The Games were designed to decide 12 of surfing’s 40 Olympic competitors. And so now that it’s finished, the roster is locked in. Here’s who’s heading to Tokyo: 

Men 
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 
Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Owen Wright (AUS) 
Julian Wilson (AUS)
Kolohe Andino (USA) 
John John Florence (USA) 
Jeremy Flores (FRA) 
Michel Bourez (FRA) 
Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)
Hiroto Ohhara (JPN)
Lucca Mesinas (PER) 
Miguel Tudela (PER)
Jordy Smith (RSA)
Manuel Selman (CHI) 
Leon Glatzer (GER)
Rio Waida (INA) 
Leandro Usuna (ARG)
Frederico Morais (POR)
Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)
Billy Stairmand (NZL)

Women 
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Carissa Moore (USA)
Caroline Marks (USA)
Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA)
Silvana Lima (BRA) 
Mahina Maeda (JPN) 
Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN)
Teresa Bonvalot (POR)
Yolanda Sequeira (POR)
Johanne Defay (FRA)
Pauline Ado (FRA)
Daniella Rosas (PER)
Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 
Brisa Hennessy (CRC)
Leilani McGonagle (CRC)
Dominic Barona (ECU)
Anat Lelior (ISR)
Bianca Buitendag (RSA)
Ella Williams (NZL)

There are 17 countries represented in that mix. To refresh, teams can consist of 2 surfers gender, per nation, max. So, unfortunately for someone like Joan, France’s team was already full thanks to Jeremy Flores and Michel Bourez qualifying via the 2019 CT. 

At the moment, all signs point to the Olympics moving forward—despite widespread calls for cancellation. They’re meant to run from July 23 – August 8. We’ll keep you posted on all the news, controversies, conspiracies, quarrels, etc, that are more than likely to transpire between now and then. 

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