A handful of the world's best surfers on the Championship Tour have already claimed their highly coveted spots on their prospective national teams for the Summer Olympics in a couple weeks. This is the first year surfing is in the Olympics after a unanimous vote from the International Olympic Committee in 2016. In the case for surfings debut in the Olympics, 18 of the 40 athletes were chosen from the 2019 season leader board rankings.

Taking place July 23rd to August 8th, 2021, here are the WSL Championship Tour surfer's you will see in the water at the Tokyo Summer Games 2020.

Gabriel Medina

Country: Brazil
Age: 27
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 169 lbs
Stance: Goofy
"The fight for the qualification for the Olympics was super tight. It has been something I have been looking forward to this year. It is a dream come true for me to represent my country in the Olympics."

PIPELINE, HI - DECEMBER 20: Two-time WSL Champion Gabriel Medina of Brazil winning quarterfinal heat 4 of the Billabong Pipe Masters Presented by Hyro Flask on December 20, 2020 in Oahu, Hawaii. (Photo by Brent Bielmann/World Surf League via Getty Images) Gabriel Medina - WSL / Brent Bielmann

Carissa Moore

Country: USA
Age: 28
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 154 lbs
Stance: Regular
"I am completely honored to be in the Olympics next year and representing the USA. Like I said, I haven't let myself even dream about it yet but, I am excited to go home and celebrate with my family."

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Kanoa Igarashi

Country: Japan
Age: 23
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 171 lbs
Stance: Regular
"It's crazy news to hear. When you know you are hitting your goals and objectives, it is always an honor. It has been a long year of worrying about qualifying and how things would play out. I am glad everything worked out. I am looking forward to the new goal I have next year. Winning a gold medal is a huge dream of mine. I am honored to be apart of a huge moment in our sport and for my country."

nOAHU, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10: Kanoa Igarashi of Japan will surf in Round 2 of the 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters after placing third in Heat 1 of Round 1 at Pipeline on December 10, 2019 in Oahu, United States. (Photo by Ed Sloane/WSL via Getty Images) Kanoa Igarashi - WSL / Ed Sloane

Italo Ferreira

Country: Brazil
Age: 27
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 149 lbs
Stance: Goofy
"I am so happy right now to represent Brazil in the Olympic games with Gabriel. I hope to represent Brazil with hopefully a gold medal."

ROTTNEST ISLAND, AUS - MAY 22: WSL Champion Italo Ferreira of Brazil surfing in Heat 7 of Round of 16 of the Rip Curl Rottnest Search presented by Corona on MAY 22, 2021 in Rottnest Island, WA, Australia. (Photo by Matt Dunbar/World Surf League via Getty Images) Italo Ferreira - WSL / Matt Dunbar

Stephanie Gilmore

Country: Australia
Age: 33
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 149 lbs
Stance: Regular
"Without stressing about everything I let everything just happen. And it's amazing."

NARRABEEN, AUS - APRIL 19: 7X WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia surfing in Heat 7 of Round 3 of the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic presented by Corona on April 19, 2021 in Narrabeen, Australia. (Photo by Matt Dunbar/World Surf League via Getty Images) Stephanie Gilmore - WSL / Matt Dunbar

Julian Wilson

Country: Australia
Age: 32.
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Stance: Regular "It's an incredible opportunity, I mean its very surreal. I had a month off between Portugal and Pipe. I trained my butt off to earn my spot on the Australian team. I don't know its a bit of a chicken skin moment."

LEMOORE, CA, UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 19: Julian Wilson of Australia surfing in Heat 4 of Round 1 at the 2019 Freshwater Pro on September 19, 2019 in Lemoore, CA, United States. (Photo by Jackson Van Kirk/WSL via Getty Images) Julian Wilson - WSL / Jackson Van Kirk

Tatiana Weston-Webb

Country: Brazil
Age: 25
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 127 lbs
Stance: Goofy
"Honestly I almost shed tears, I am the first Brazilian to qualify on the surfing side, Bom Brazil! I am really happy this is crazy."

NARRABEEN, AUS - APRIL 20: Tatiana Weston-Webb of Brazil placing second in the final of the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic presented by Corona on April 20, 2021 in Narrabeen, Australia. (Photo by Cait Miers/World Surf League via Getty Images) Tatiana Weston-Webb - WSL / Cait Miers

Kolohe Andino

Country: USA
Age: 27
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 174 lbs
Stance: Regular
"It was a goal for me at the beginning of the year. I am really stoked, went and told my dad, I am so happy, couldn't be more excited to compete in Tokyo."

OAHU, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10: Kolohe Andino of the United States advances directly to Round 3 of the 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters after winning Heat 2 of Round 1 at Pipeline on December 10, 2019 in Oahu, United States. (Photo by Ed Sloanei/WSL via Getty Images) Kolohe Andino - WSL / Ed Sloane

Johanne Defay

Country: France
Age: 27
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 134 lbs
Stance: Regular
"It's crazy, I am thankful for the new opportunity, giving surfing a bigger picture and I am so proud to represent Reunion Island and France over there."

BALI, INDONESIA - MAY 16: Johanne Defay of France is eliminated from the 2019 Corona Bali Protected with an equal 9th finish after placing second in Heat 2 of Round 3 at Keramas on May 16, 2019 in Bali, Indonesia. (Photo by Matt Dunbar/WSL via Getty Images) Johanne Defay - WSL / Matt Dunbar

Jeremy Flores

Country: France
Age: 33
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 158 lbs
Stance: Regular
"What a nice surprise, I just got the news that I qualified for the Olympics. I have always been a big fan of the Olympic games and watching my fellow countrymen in every sport do well. I am really proud to represent France. This is going to be a really cool experience and to be a part of it is something special."

LEMOORE, CA, UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 19: Jeremy Flores of France surfing in Heat 1 of Round 1 at the 2019 Freshwater Pro on September 19, 2019 in Lemoore, CA, United States. (Photo by Jackson Van Kirk/WSL via Getty Images) Jeremy Flores - WSL / Jackson Van Kirk

John John Florence

Country: USA
Age: 27
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 174 lbs
Stance: Regular
"I feel super good. That was the goal I set for this event. To accomplish that goal I am fired up. I am so happy to go to the Olympics to represent Hawaii, the USA, I couldn't have done it without my support crew."

OAHU, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 19: Two-time WSL Champion John John Florence of the United States is eliminated from the 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters with an equal 5th finish after placing second in Quarter Final Heat 3 at Pipeline on December 19, 2019 in Oahu, United States. (Photo by Kelly Cestari/WSL via Getty Images) John John Florence - WSL / Kelly Cestari

Brisa Hennessy

Country: Costa Rica
Age: 21
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Stance: Regular
"I am completely speechless and honored. To have Costa Rica behind me I am filled with gratitude. I have no expectations, I know it is going to be great, I want to be able to show the world what a beautiful sport it is. To be one of the surfers to showcase that."

MAUI, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 1: Brisa Hennessy of Costa Rica is presented with a congratulatory momento for her provisional 2020 Olympic qualification at the 2019 Lululemon Maui Pro at Honolua Bay on December 1, 2019 in Maui, United States. (Photo by Kelly Cestari/WSL via Getty Images) Brisa Hennessy - WSL / Kelly Cestari

Owen Wright

Country: Australia
Age: 31
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 178 lbs
Stance: Goofy
"To qualify for the Olympics is massive. I started out this year with that goal. I felt like I had a great year, I didn't have the performance I wanted at Pipe but I still qualified. I am over the moon. I am so happy."

Owen Wright (AUS) advanced to Quarters after placing 1st in Heat 2 of Round 4 at the Tahiti Pro 2018 ,Teahupoo, French Polynesia
Headline/Name2018 Tahiti Pro Teahupoo
CreditPHOTO: © WSL / Poullenot Owen Wright - WSL / Damien Poullenot

Michel Bourez

Country: France
Age: 35
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 176 lbs
Stance: Regular
"It's a mixed feeling. Battling with three of my best friends and being on tour with them. At the end of the day that is the game. To me this is a great moment. I never thought I'd be in the Olympics before. To be there an participate is a huge achievement in my career for sure."

BALI, INDONESIA - MAY 13: Michel Bourez of France, Tahiti advances directly to Round 3 of the 2019 Corona Bali Protected after winning Heat 12 of Round 1 at Keramas on May 13, 2019 in Bali, Indonesia. (Photo by Cait Miers/WSL via Getty Images) Michel Bourez - WSL / Cait Miers
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