Debuting at these games, weather and wind are significant factors in this competition. Surfing can be categorized into two categories; longboard and shortboard, and this competition will use the shortboard, which is easier to maneuver allowing for sharper turns.
Rounds are usually around 30 minutes depending on the conditions and the initial rounds will see four or five people surfing in each heat. Surfers are limited to riding a maximum of 25 waves and their best two scores will determine their ranking moving into the main rounds where they will compete one-on-one with other surfers, with the loser eliminated.
Five judges score based on the difficulty of surfers’ maneuvers, combinations, innovation and other factors.
Since the event is heavily dependent on weather, the event is scheduled from July 25 to Aug. 1, with cancelations possible due to poor conditions.
Venue and access information
Surfing will take place in Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach in Chiba Prefecture, where about 6,000 people can watch the action. During the games the beach can be accessed via shuttle bus service from Kazusa-Ichinomiya Station on the Sotobo Line.