Carissa Moore and John John Florence top Olympic surf debut
Top Olympic surfing debut Carissa Moore and John John Florence originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Surfing is one of six sports that have been added to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Professional surfers will look to catch their first waves on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.
While the idea of surfing the waters of Tokyo is a life-changing opportunity, it also comes with some challenges. The sport depends on wave conditions, and waves are currently around the waist at the start of the Olympics. Many residents have expressed their fears of a possible typhoon in the forecast, but surfers welcome the big waves with open arms.
The competition will take place on Shidashita Beach, about 40 minutes from Tokyo. “Shida”, as it is popularly known, is one of the most popular surfing destinations on the Chiba Peninsula.
40 competitors (20 men, 20 women) will go for gold in Tokyo including four Americans: two from Southern California in Caroline Marks and Kolohe Andino, and two from Honolulu, Hawaii, in Carissa Moore and John John Florence .
Moore is a four-time ASP Women’s World Tour champion, and Florence – one of the favorites to win the first gold in surfing – is the winner of the World Surf League Men’s Championship Tour 2017.
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