Remembering the Legendary Pro Surfer Naohisa Ogawa

May 28th, 2023

The world of professional surfing is mourning the loss of one of its most revered athletes, Naohisa Ogawa. The legendary pro surfer, known for his unmatched talent and vibrant personality, succumbed to the battle against colon cancer. Naohisa’s untimely demise has sent shockwaves through the Japanese surfing community, leaving a void that will be hard …

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Japan Olympic Surfing venue refusing to cooperate

May 7th, 2021

With fewer than three months left until the Games are set to open, the venue which is scheduled to host the upcoming Japan surfing competition is refusing to cooperate by not setting up COVID-19 testing facilities for athletes. This is creating a few logistical problems for Japan struggling to drum up support for an already …

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Will surfing have its chance to debut at the Olympics?

February 28th, 2020

A senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stated that the cancellation of the Olympic Games, is on the cards should the Corona Virus not be contained. Japan is reportedly spending at least $25 billion to put on the games, so there’s a lot at stake here. The IOC’s Dick Pound (yes, that’s …

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Japan to build Surf Stadium before Tokyo 2020

January 14th, 2020

Japan will finally open a wave pool powered by American Wave Machines (AWM) before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Kelly Slater and his WSL will have to take second place to the new Japanese surf lagoon, currently being built in Shizunami, Shizuoka Prefecture, about 280 kilometers from Tsurigasaki Beach, the official venue …

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4 More Surfers Qualify for Tokyo 2020

November 11th, 2019

4 more surfers have secured their places for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics following the Rip Curl Pro in Portugal The USA’s Kolohe Andino, Brazil’s Tatiana Weston-Webb, and France’s Jeremy Flores and Johanne Defay will make the trek to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. There is one event remaining on the World Surf League tour schedule. …

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Australia win Aloha Cup at World Surfing Games, Miyazaki

September 12th, 2019

Australia has taken out the Aloha Cup title at the World Surfing Games in Miyazaki Japan. Aussie Ryan Callinan, Owen Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons and Nikki Van Dijk scored a total of 38.19 points to take the win. South Africa won silver with 38.11 points, and the US scored 35.38 for the bronze at the International …

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Olympics One Year Countdown. Surfers test waves at Tsurigasaki.

July 23rd, 2019

The waves have officially been tested for surfing at Tokyo 2020 Olympics! Local competitors tested the waves at Tsurigasaki Beach – located 90 kilometres south-east of Tokyo (2-hour train ride) – the venue for next year’s Olympic surfing debut. This event forms part of the ‘Ready Steady Tokyo’ series of test events. The International Surfing …

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Citywave Pro WORLD TOUR Tokyo

July 16th, 2019

July 15th and 16th sees the first artificial wave pool world tour in commence in Japan. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics fast approaching, the popularity of surfing in Japan has skyrocketed, and keen to build on this momentum, organisers have put on the Citywave pro WORLD TOUR in Tokyo. JEEP is sponsoring the event with …

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Kanoa Igarashi wins first CT event – first for Japan

May 30th, 2019

Kanoa Igarashi became the first Japanese surfer to win a Championship Tour event on Saturday at the Corona Bali Protected. The 21-year-old scored 15.10 points in his final heat, beating France’s Jeremy Flores by 0.47. En the way to winning the third CT event of the season, Igarashi also eliminated Kelly Slater and Adrian Buchan. …

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The inaugural Japan Open of Surfing Competition

May 16th, 2019

After the Golden Week holiday period this year, surfers were geared up to participate in the inaugural Japan Open of Surfing, which was organized by the Nippon Surfing Association. The event took place in Ichinomiyacho, Chiba Prefecture, which is an Olympic surfing competition venue. Shun Murakami won the mens division. Murakami also previously won 4th …

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