Olympics and surfing

This unfinished page contains text from either the 2003 or 2005 print version of Encyclopedia of Surfing. An updated version, with more photos, is coming soon.

As of 2012, surfing remains firmly excluded from the Olympic Games. This fact torments many contest organizers and industry boosters who have been trying since the mid-1960s to convince the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to accept surfing, but pleases many others who cherish the idea of wave-riding being independent from the larger world of sport. The history of surfing's courtship of the I...

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