RIDE THE WAVE

ELLE (Australia) - - Fiction -

Af­ter what most diehard board­rid­ers con­sider a 50-year push, surf­ing will fi­nally be in­cluded in the Olympics in 2020. With wave parks cur­rently be­ing planned for Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Perth (not to men­tion the Dis­ney­land for surfers, the Kelly Slater Wave Com­pany surf park in Cal­i­for­nia), now is the time to start hon­ing your lingo and learn­ing to ride. It also means we get the en­tire sum­mer to cheer on the ris­ing ca­reers of next-gen pros such as 12-year-old wun­derkind and in­fa­mous dough­nut-en­thu­si­ast Sabre Nor­ris and Is­abella Nichols (also known as Blake Lively’s body dou­ble in The Shal­lows), and get in­spired by es­tab­lished champs Tyler Wright, Sally Fitzgib­bons and Stephanie Gil­more. If get­ting wet isn’t your thing, you could al­ways hit the hot pave­ment on a skate­board and tap into one of fash­ion’s long-term cul­tural ob­ses­sions, also mak­ing its Olympic de­but in Tokyo in 2020.

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