Surf’s up! at this year’s Olympics.
A total of 20 men and 20 women surfers will qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Four athletes at a time will catch waves. They will ride for 20 to 25 minutes, surfing 10 to 12 waves. Judges will grade each surfer’s performance.
The United States, Australia and Brazil are expected to be the favorites in Tokyo.
Two members of the U.S. team, Caroline Marks and Kolohe Andino, are training at their home base of San Clemente, California.
Ms. Marks learned to surf with her brothers when she was just eight years old.
She became the youngest surfer ever to qualify for the World Surf League Championship Tour. She was just 15 years old at the time.
Kolohe Andino grew up in San Clemente with a pro surfer dad. He won seven USA Surfing Champion titles and nine National Scholastic Surfing Association championships before he turned 18. Many of the local kids look up to Kolohe, now 25. Their hero is ranked as the world’s number one surfer.
Speaking of number one. There’s one big question for the Tokyo Olympics: Will there be big waves? Japan isn't known for the mammoth waves found at surfing hotbeds like the North Shore of Hawaii or Big Sur in California.
We’ll see! The wind and the waves are controlled by God (Luke 8:24). Even the ones we play in!