With the start of the 2021 ISA World Surfing Games in El Salvador, the final leg of the Olympic Surfing qualification process is finally underway. Featuring over 250 surfers from 51 countries, the stakes are high as the remaning 12 spots for the Tokyo Olympic Games are on the line. The ISA World Surfing Games run from May 28 through June 6.

To date, 28 of the 40 Olympic surfers have already provisionally qualified through the 2019 WSL Championship Tour, the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games and the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. The upcoming event in El Salvador will decide the remaining seven women and five men.

"From a record number of women, to the world's best surfers flying their flags, there are many reasons to be excited about what this event and the future of surfing behold," ISA President Fernando Aguerre says.

Making a beeline for Central America after the lengthy Australian leg of the Championship Tour, there will be no shortage of CT on hand. Brazil's Italo Ferreira and Peru's Sofía Mulánovich will look to defend their 2019 ISA gold medals. The Aussies will be anchored by seven-time World Champ Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons, winner of Rip Curl Rottnest Search presented by Corona. The Americans will be bringing four-time World Champ Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks.

But it's the high-powered Brazilian squad that looks like early favorites. Featuring Ferreira, current World No. 1 Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo, Tatiana Weston-Webb and Silvana Lima.

The ISA World Surfing Games will be held at two different spots in El Salvador: La Bocana and El Sunzal. There is a ton of south swell on tap for the region, so expect there to be some quality surf when things kick off, especially during the second half of the week.

Stay tuned for updates from El Salvador as things develop.

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