Here’s how surfers will qualify for the 2024 Olympics to be held in Chopes

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It’s hard to believe, but surfers (of the professional variety) are already gearing up for qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics, which will take place at Teahupoo, one of surfing’s biggest amphitheaters. The ISA recently dropped official qualification pathways, which you can read in detail below from their website:

While the quota of 2 surfers per gender per country remains in place, two exceptions to this rule have been introduced for the ISA World Surfing Games 2022 and 2024 Team Champions. This exception may cause some top teams to have their quota extended to three (3) athletes (see below for details of this change).

To consult the complete Olympic qualification system for surfing in Paris 2024, Click here..

The key elements of the qualification system are:

  • 24 men, 24 women.
  • Maximum of 2 surfers per gender and per National Olympic Committee (NOC). There will be two exceptions to this limit for winning teams, by gender, at the ISA World Surfing Games (WSG) 2022 and 2024 where each team will qualify a place for their country/NOC.
  • Qualification places will be won on an individual basis, by name, except for the 2022 and 2024 WSG World Team Champion places.
  • In accordance with IOC guidelines, qualifying events have been determined in hierarchical order of qualification, as further explained below; If two surfers of one gender have qualified through the first pecking order, that NOC will not be able to qualify more surfers of that gender through qualifying events lower in the pecking order.
  • All surfers selected by their respective national federations for their national teams must have participated in the 2023 and 2024 ISA World Surfing Games in order to be eligible for Olympic qualification. The final details of the eligibility requirements are still under review by the ISA and the IOC.

The hierarchical order of qualification will be as follows:

  1. 2023 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour: Top 10 eligible men and top 8 eligible women.
  2. ISA World Surfing Games 2023: 4 men and 4 women selected according to their continent. Top eligible surfer of each gender from Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
  3. 2023 Pan American Games: First eligible male and first eligible female in surfing competitions.
  4. ISA World Surfing Games 2024: Top 5 eligible men and top 7 eligible women.
  5. ISA World Surfing Games 2024: The winning teams per gender will get 1 place for their respective country/NOC, regardless of the quota limit of 2 per country.
  6. ISA World Surfing Games 2022: The winning teams per gender will get 1 place for their respective country/NOC, regardless of the quota limit of 2 per country.
  7. Host Country Location: One male and one female will be guaranteed for the host country, France, unless already filled through the hierarchies above. If French athletes qualify consistently, their slots will be reallocated to the highest ranked eligible surfers from the 2024 World Surfing Games.
  8. Universality Place: For the first time, one place per gender will be made available to eligible NOCs. Particular attention will be paid to the nature of the wave in Teahupoo with regard to the eligibility criteria for these places. If there are no qualified surfers in this category, these slots will be reallocated to the highest ranked eligible surfers from the 2024 World Surfing Games. The full process and selection criteria for these slots will be communicated by the IOC on a date later.

The ISA will work with the IOC and Olympic Solidarity to organize specific training camps in Tahiti before the Games in order to offer qualified and potentially qualified surfers the opportunity to maximize their experience on the wave in Teahupoo.

Discuss the news, Fernando Aguerre, ISA President said:

“Teahupoo will be a spectacular and magical showcase for our sport at the Olympics. Surfing was a hugely popular sport at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Olympic Surfing 2024, will certainly expand on Tokyo’s success. We are thrilled to share this tangible path for surfers to achieve their Olympic dreams.

Surfing is such a personal and individual expression of performance that it was really important to us to continue to allow surfers to earn the right to qualify based on their own performance. For this reason, all qualifying spots, with a few special exceptions noted, will be made by name.

Offering the winning teams of our World Surfing Games in 2022 and 2024 the opportunity to win additional places, regardless of the limit of 2 per country, is an important innovation that will further motivate the best surfing nations to win the ISA Team World Trophy. Champion Trophy.

It’s another epic moment for the sport of surfing, and for all of us who dreamed of Olympic surfing and shared in the incredible debut in Tokyo last year. I can’t wait to see how our incredibly talented athletes perform in qualifying with the goal of becoming the next Olympic surfing medalists in 2024.”

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