The International Surfing Association (ISA) just announced their decision to postpone the World Surfing Games until May 2021. The games were set to take place across the wave rich regions of El Sunzal and La Bocana in El Salvador. The decision to postpone the event was made in collaboration with the local government due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19.
"We are in constant dialogue with our partners and stakeholders - including the World Surf League. We are confident that this postponement will put us in the best position to celebrate a safe and spectacular edition of the event in the lead up to the Olympic Games," ISA President Fernando Aguerre announced.
The 2021 World Surfing Games will be qualifying 12 Olympic surfers (7 women and 5 men). These surfers will represent the remainder of the 40 Olympic athletes after the World Surf League qualified 18 surfers last year.
The 2019 ISA World Surfing Games took place in Miazaki, Japan, which gave athletes a preview of the conditions they will likely meet at the Olympic site further north on the Chiba Prefecture.
With the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympic games set for July of 2021, the next Olympic qualifiers will now have a two-month lead time until they make their debut at Tsurigasaki Beach.