The Fiji Times

Surfers prepare

- ■ FSA

THE Internatio­nal Surfing Associatio­n (ISA) has just announced that El Salvador has been chosen as host country of the 2020 ISA World Surfing Games.

It will take place from May 9-17. Fiji is among nations trying to qualify for the Tokyo games.

THE Internatio­nal Surfing Associatio­n (ISA) has just announced that El Salvador has been chosen as host country of the 2020 ISA World Surfing Games.

It will take place from May 9-17. Twelve Olympic Qualifiers (seven women and five men) will be determined, making 2020 World Surfing Games the last chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

The 12 surfers to qualify for Tokyo 2020 in El Salvador will round out the grand total of 20 men and 20 women to compete in surfing's Olympics debut, joining athletes who qualified through the 2019 World Surf League Championsh­ip Tour (WSL CT), 2019 ISA World Surfing Games, and Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

The competitio­n will use a dual podium format across two waves - El Sunzal and La Bocana.

They are both world-class surf spots which were recently used to successful­ly host internatio­nal championsh­ips.

With the surf city El Salvador, ISA World SUP and Paddleboar­d Championsh­ip taking to the righthand, cobbleston­e point break of El Sunzal and the ALAS Latin Pro will be running at La Bocana which is less than a kilometre to the east.

Once again the world's best national surfing teams will be attending the event in El Salvador.

The top three ranking surfers from each nation on the 2019 WSL CT will be nominated to represent their nations, an invitation that must be accepted to remain eligible for Tokyo 2020 as per the ISA's Olympics eligibilit­y requiremen­ts.

The 2019 edition of the ISA World Surfing Games in Miyazaki, Japan reached unpreceden­ted participat­ion records with athletes from a recordbrea­king 55 nations vying for the gold medals and Olympics qualificat­ion slots.

Peru's Sofia Mulanovich earned the women's gold medal, while Italo Ferreira led Team Brazil to gold with a gutsy gold medal performanc­e in the men's division.

The Fiji team improved our internatio­nal rating to 28th, but we need to continue to improve if we hope to qualify.

Our first selection event is on February 29 at Sigatoka.

If you intend to try out for selection send your name to headcoach@surfingfij­i.org and make sure you attend on February 29.

 ?? Picture: SUPPLIED ?? Fijian surfer Kayla Wakeham competing in Japan last year.
Picture: SUPPLIED Fijian surfer Kayla Wakeham competing in Japan last year.
 ?? Picture: SUPPLIED ?? Victor Maginnity flying above the waves in an earlier competitio­n.
Picture: SUPPLIED Victor Maginnity flying above the waves in an earlier competitio­n.

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