Following the disappointing news from the International Olympic Committee that surfing did not make the cut for inclusion in the the 2020 Olympic Program, ISA President, Fernando Aguerre issued the following statement:
The International Surfing Association would like to congratulate the eight sports included on the short list for further consideration by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the 2020 Olympic Program.
Surfing is naturally disappointed not to have been included on this short list. We remain firmly convinced that, with its unique attributes of sport performance, youthful relevance and growing global industry, Surfing would bring proven excitement, value and fun to the Olympic Games.
We recognize and appreciate the serious consideration the IOC has given us thus far. We can see tangible progress in our Olympic aspirations.
We may have missed this big wave, but like any good surfer, we know there are more waves to come. We will therefore continue to develop the sport of surfing on a global level and explore the best way to continue to contribute to the Olympic Movement.