Surfing Qualification

Qualification Summary

Each National Olympic Committee can enter a maximum of 4 athletes (2 men and 2 women). As hosts, Japan will be given one quota in each event should they fail to qualify. The remaining quotas will be decided through various events, specifically, the 2019 World Surf League, the 2019 and 2020 World Surfing Games and the 2019 Pan American Games. Additionally, continental quotas for Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania must have their athlete finish in the top 30 at the 2019 World Surfing Games.

Qualified Nations

Qualification events are listed in hierarchical order.

Men’s Shortboard

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
2019 World Surf League 10
2020 World Surfing Games 4
2019 World Surfing Games – Africa 1
2019 World Surfing Games – Asia 1
2019 World Surfing Games – Europe 1
2019 World Surfing Games – Oceania 1
2019 Pan American Games 1
Host Nation 1 Japan

Women’s Shortboard

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
2019 World Surf League 8
2020 World Surfing Games 6
2019 World Surfing Games – Africa 1
2019 World Surfing Games – Asia 1
2019 World Surfing Games – Europe 1
2019 World Surfing Games – Oceania 1
2019 Pan American Games 1
Host Nation 1 Japan