The road to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games continues at the 2023 Planet Surfing Games in Surf City El Salvador.
A total of 297 surfers from a record 64 nations will compete on the planet-class waves of La Bocana and El Sunzal in the sport’s flagship competitors that runs from 30 May possibly to 7 June. With a line-up that attributes planet and Planet Surfing League champions as effectively as 28 of the 40 Olympians from Tokyo 2020, these nine days are confident to be packed with amazing performances and emotion.
Defending champions Group USA are back with Olympic champion Carissa Moore and two-time Planet Surfing League champion John John Florence at the helm.
Meanwhile, superstars such as Japan’s Olympic silver medallist Kanoa Igarashi and 3-time planet champion Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia will be attempting to clinch a direct ticket to the Olympic surfing competitors in Tahiti subsequent year.
Eight slots are up for grabs for athletes from Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
The stakes are higher – and we have all the information and facts you need to have to take pleasure in each and every bit of the action.
From the Planet Surfing Games to Paris 2024
At the prior qualification occasion, the 2022 Planet Surfing Games, men’s and women’s national teams competed to get one particular further spot for their National Olympic Committees (NOC).
Japanese males and USA girls emerged as the winners, which signifies they can send 3 athletes to the subsequent Olympics as compared to the maximum two athletes, per gender, that other NOCs are permitted.
At this year’s edition of the Planet Surfing Games the qualification spots will go straight to person athletes from Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
A total of eight slots – 4 males and 4 girls – will be distributed equally amongst the highest-ranking male and female athletes from these 4 continents.
Qualification spots for surfers from North and South America, also one particular per gender, will be decided at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. Even so, to get there athletes initially need to have to impress in El Salvador. The prime 5 males and prime 5 girls representing the Americas at the Planet Surfing Games will qualify.
Costa Rica’s Brisa Hennessy, Brazil’s Tatiana Weston-Webb, France’s Johanne Defay and Portugal’s Teresa Bonvalot have currently certified for Paris 2024 by means of the Planet Surf League Campionship Tour. The competitors in Tahiti would mark a second Olympic look for all of them.
2023 Planet Surfing Games: A celebration of firsts
A record quantity of nations will take component in this year’s edition of the Planet Surfing Games thanks to 5 newcomers, bringing the total to 64.
Czechia is creating its debut with a complete roster of six surfers. India and Trinidad and Tobago are bringing 3 male surfers every, when Santa Vevere will be the initially and only representative from Latvia.
Mauritus will also be represented for the initially time, with one particular athlete.
The 2023 Planet Surfing Games will also mark a milestone in terms of gender equality. A record 132 female athletes will compete in El Salvador, which is equivalent to 44 per cent of all competitors.
ISA Planet Surfing Games 2023: Host El Salvador
Surf City El Salvador is hosting the Planet Surfing Games for the second time. The initially occasion was held in 2021 and served as the final qualifier for Tokyo 2020 with teams from France, Japan and Portugal performing the greatest on the La Bocana and El Sunzal waves.
The exact same spots will host the nine-day competitors in 2023.
La Bocana is a left-breaking wave that sometimes goes to the proper as effectively. The wave is effective with a steep drop and a dredging barrel, supplying the ultimate punch for surfers.
Situated west of La Bocana, El Sunzal is frequently regarded as simpler to manoeuvre. It is a righthand point break that runs in a lengthy line along the coast. Thanks to its constant waves and scenic views, El Sunzal was as soon as regarded as El Salvador’s prime surfing spot and helped the country’s surf culture take off in the 1970s.
2023 Planet Surfing Games: Schedule and how to watch
The competitors at the 2023 Planet Surfing Games will start on 30 May possibly. A detailed competitors schedule will be readily available later and is topic to modify based on the forecast and climate situations.
Tuesday 30 May possibly: Opening Ceremony and commence of competitors.
Wednesday 17 May possibly – Tuesday, six June: Competitors days.
Wednesday 7 June: Finals day, Closing Ceremony.
You can comply with all the action reside on Olympics.com to see the greatest surfers in action and be the initially to discover out which athletes booked their tickets for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Highlights, benefits and function interviews will also be posted on our site.