The Olympic Quarterfinals are locked in, there's more swell on tap thanks to Tropical Storm Nepartak, and the historic conclusion of Surfing's Olympic debut is close at hand.
As far as surf goes, the folks at Surfline remain optimistic that we'll see some solid, five- to eight-foot faces come Finals Day.
Surfline's Kurt Korte reports, "The broad, disorganized circulation associated with Tropical Cyclone Nepartak will shift closer to the Japanese coastline on Tuesday. Winds associated with the large system will provide a solid mix of swells in the head-high to well overhead range for the majority of the day - it will be the biggest surf of the Olympic Games. Expect the shape of the surf to be a bit jumbled at times due to the mix of swells and side-offshore winds. We do expect conditions to gradually improve over the second half of the day as the winds relax and the tide pushes back in."
"The mix of ENE and ESE swells eases on Wednesday compared to Tuesday, but still offers fun surf in the chest- to head-high range. Winds look favorable, especially in the morning, setting up mostly clean conditions. We do have the potential for morning fog during the first several hours of the day so we'll keep an eye on that for future forecast updates. The surf eases for the second half of the day on Wednesday, though there should still be fun waves with the incoming tide."
Olympic Finals Day Schedule
The schedule for Olympic Surfing on July 27 will be as follows:
7am Men's Quarterfinals
9:24am Women's Quarterfinals
11:48am Men's Semifinals
1:00pm Women's Semifinals
2:16 pm Men's Bronze Match
3:01 pm Women's Bronze Match
3:46 pm Men's Gold Match
4:31 pm Women's Gold Match
The Gold Medal Matches will be immediately followed by the Victory Ceremonies.
All times in Japan Standard Time.