Is Olympic surfing good for the soul of surfing?

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Its a step forward for the sport, but do we want it?

Surfers by nature are lone wolves. We live to escape the crowds, the concrete, the repsonsiblities and our jobs. We purposefully place ourselves in often times uncomfortable situations to score uncrowded perfect waves at remote locations miles away from anything familiar. Knowing this, why are surfers pushing to get surfing into the Olympics? Do we want to further commercialize our sacred pastime if only to “legitimize” it in the eyes of people who have never stepped on a surfboard? Before jumping on the wave pool/olympic bandwagon, we have to answer these questions. And they can only be answered to each their own.

If surfing were an Olympic sport... Photo: WebberWavePools.com

 

“Official bids were made in 2011 for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Games, but the main reason we weren’t included at the time was the lack of proper wave-making technologies,” explains Aguerre. “But now the proper wave technology for world-class or Olympic surfing competitions is available.” Wavegarden, the wave engineers responsible for the supposed creation of world-class surf destinations in land-locked areas, could be Aguerre’s biggest selling point.

New technology aside, the notion of surfing molding itself to the principles of the Olympic games raises plenty of questions. There are the issues of fairness, regulations, and well, if we really want to quantify waveriding more than we already have.

Read entire article at: Surfer Mag

Olympic Image courtesy of: wikipedia

 

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