Finalists, Picture – James Robinson / Surfing NSW 


Published on 23/07/2021

This July, 40 surfers will make history and compete in surfing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo with 20 women and 20 men representing a total of 17 countries. 

The 2020 games are a huge moment for surfing to be recognised and our Surfing NSW team are proud that three of the four Australian surfers have come through the Surfing NSW pathway. 

NSW surfers Owen Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons and Steph Gilmore will all compete in the event at Tsurigasaki Beach around 40 miles outside of Tokyo.

The Olympic Surf Competition window is Sunday 25th July to Monday 2nd August. Within this time period the surfing competition needs only four days in total to run. Based on all early forecasts, there is a strong likelihood that the event will begin on Sunday morning. Click here to see the entire surf forecast. 

For the competition format, schedule, qualified surfers list and heat draw click here. 

Where to watch

To watch, go to and download the app on your phone or mobile TV. See the competition schedule here and consume surfing content here.

Not in Australia? To find out which provider is broadcasting the competition in your country, click here.

Also, Tokyo’s time zone is Japan Standard Time, which is only one hour behind Australian Eastern Standard Time, making it a very accessible Olympics for us to watch. Channel 7 is the television network showing all the action. The official Olympic surfing schedule can be found here.

The Australian Olympic Surf team is named the “Irukandjis”. 

Follow each of the Irukandjis surfers. 

Owen Wright
Born in Culburra, NSW now resides in Lennox Head, NSW

Julian Wilson
Born in Sunshine Coast, QLD now resides in Newcastle, NSW

Sally Fitzgibbons
Born and resides in Gerroa, NSW

Stephanie Gilmore
Born and resides in Tweed Heads, NSW

About the Irukandjis. 

For the first time, Australian representatives across all surfing genres, including Junior, Open, Masters, Olympic, Longboard, Big Wave, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and Adaptive disciplines, will compete under The Irukandjis national identity and united colours at international events such as the Olympics, International Surfing Association (ISA), World Surfing Games, WSL World Juniors and Longboard Championships. 

Qualified Surfers

Below are the twenty men and twenty women surfing for Gold. They’ve qualified through two avenues: the World Surf League championship tour and the World Surfing Games.

While you have probably heard of most of them, I can guarantee you there are a few surprises, including surfers from Germany, Israel and Argentina.

Australia: Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore, Julian Wilson, Owen Wright

USA: Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks, John John Florence, Kolohe Andino

Brazil: Tatiana Weston-Webb, Silvana Lima, Gabriel Medina, Italo Ferreira

Japan: Mahina Maeda, Amuro Tsuzuki, Kanoa Igarashi, Hiroto Ohhara

France: Johanne Defay, Pauline Ado, Jeremy Flores, Michel Bourez

Peru: Daniella Rosas, Sofia Mulanovich, Lucca Mesinas, Miguel Tudela

Portugal: Teresa Bonvalot, Yolanda Sequeria, Frederico Morais

South Africa: Bianca Buitendag, Jordy Smith

New Zealand: Ella Williams, Billy Stairmand

Costa Rica: Brisa Hennessy, Leilani McGonagle

Israel: Anat Lelior 

Ecuador: Dominic Barona 

Germany: Leon Glatzer

Indonesia: Rio Waida

Morocco: Ramzi Boukhiam 

Argentina: Leandro Usuna 

Chile: Manuel Selman

Key information around Surfing in the Olympics.

10 facts on Surfing’s Olympic Debut 

How the Olympic surfing competition works:  

State of Olympic Surfing ISA video series: 

Official Surfing mini site

Surfing Australia Irukandjis team Social channel 

Following the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the next time surfing will make an appearance in the games will be in France in 2024, followed by the USA in 2028 and Brisbane in 2032. 

With world-class surfing locations and a huge pipeline of NSW junior talent, we are excited about surfing’s Olympic future. 

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