The best surfers from across the country are converging on Tofino next month to compete for a spot on Canada’s Olympic team, which will take place in the 2020 Summer Olympic games in Japan.
On May 10th – 12th, dozens of surfers from both genders will line Tofino’s Wickaninnish Beach to take part in the 2019 Rip Curl Nationals.
Then, after the nationals, the top performers will continue to compete in Tofino and battle it out for the Olympic Trials which take place between May 13th – 14th.
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“We are very excited to announce that Rip Curl Nationals is a go!” reads the event preview.
“It has been 31 years since the first contest that started this all was held at Long Beach, and we are so happy to be back again for our second year at Wickaninnish Beach, just south from the original contest site in 1988!”
Residents of the island are more than welcome to watch the competitions and trials take place, just remember that there is no alcohol consumption allowed, pets must be on leashes, and parking fees may be in effect.
“Each year we strive to make the event better for all competitors and spectators and we feel like this year’s event will be the best one yet!” adds Rip Curl.
“We hope to see each of you at Wickaninnish Beach May 10-14 for this year’s Canadian Championships | Team Trials and celebrate the gathering of Canadian Surfers from across the country and around the world.”
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Surfing makes its Olympic debut in next year’s 2020 games.
Competition will be stiff for the Canadian athletes coming to the island in May, as the Olympics will only allow two men and two women from each country to participate in the event.
In total, only 20 men and 20 women from over 200 national teams participating in the Olympics will be selected to compete in Tokyo.
Check out this Olympics-made video about how unique and incredible surfing in Tofino is below: