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 2021 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 Australia
Australia
Brazil
Brazil
France
France
Italy
Japan
South Africa
United States
United States
2021 World Surfing Games 5* Chile
Germany
Japan
Peru
Peru
2019 World Surfing Games – Africa 1 Morocco
2019 World Surfing Games – Asia 1 Indonesia
2019 World Surfing Games – Europe 1 Portugal
2019 World Surfing Games – Oceania 1 New Zealand
2019 Pan American Games 1 Argentina
Host Nation 0* Qualified Above

* Host quota reallocated to 2021 World Surfing Games

Women’s Shortboard

Qualification Event Places Qualified Nations
2019 World Surf League 8 Australia
Australia
Brazil
Brazil
Costa Rica
France
United States
United States
2021 World Surfing Games 7* Costa Rica
France
Japan
Japan
Peru
Portugal
Portugal
2019 World Surfing Games – Africa 1 South Africa
2019 World Surfing Games – Asia 1 0 None Eligible
2019 World Surfing Games – Europe 1 Israel
2019 World Surfing Games – Oceania 1 New Zealand
2019 World Surfing Games – Overall 1 Peru
2019 Pan American Games 1 Ecuador
Host Nation 0* Qualified Above

* Host quota reallocated to 2021 World Surfing Games