21 Oct 2020



Phrases by way of Dashel Pierson

Two ancient issues: Surfing’s inaugural debut within the Olympics; the Olympics being postponed. By no means within the 124-year historical past of the Video games has both took place.

Then got here 2020.

So, how have long run Olympic surfers been coping with this rollercoaster of the pandemic and doable Olympic glory? Unusually effectively, in fact. Within the video above, produced by way of the Global Surfing Affiliation (ISA), we test in with two gold medal hopefuls, Jordy Smith and Sally Fitzgibbons – either one of whom are slated to constitute their house nations within the now 2021 Tokyo Video games – to listen to how they’ve been spending this bizarro 12 months.

For Jordy: “Sooner than COVID hit, I used to be in Hawaii. I used to be over there coaching and browsing. At that time I needed to make the verdict to get again to South Africa as the USA had been shutting down their borders. We had been lucky sufficient to get at the ultimate flight. It took us all in all two weeks to get again house.

“When I used to be a bit of child, I at all times set objectives for myself. That’s what the Olympics was once to me. It was once a dream. I had no concept that browsing could be part of it all through my lifetime. For that to occur all through the height of my occupation is in reality one thing particular.”

For Sally: “For me, the entire COVID enjoy was once wild. A couple of instances every week, I might test in with myself. Like, ‘I think a bit of worried. Is that this loopy? Oh yeah, it’s.’ In the ones moments, I’ve in reality discovered to shine the atypical. The atypical is epic.

“I like going operating. It’s in reality well-suited to my character. There’s a place to begin and a end line – then the whole lot in between kinda is sensible. The educational may also be in reality arduous, however it’s in reality rewarding. The Olympic birthday celebration remains to be gonna occur, simply no longer at this time. It offers you that respiring house to determine your browsing and be absolutely ready when the time does come.”

Right here’s taking a look at you, 2021.

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