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When and where does the surf take place?
The Tokyo Olympics Surf Program will take place at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach in Chiba, Japan, from July 25 to August 1, 2021.
How to watch surfing at the Olympics
The The Olympics are back on NBC, with a 24/7 online broadcast if you verify that you are a cable subscriber. NBCSports Gold will have a dedicated Olympics package – pay an upfront fee and you can watch anywhere, uninterrupted by ads.
Tokyo is 16 hours ahead of the west coast, so watching it live should have a good distribution of events. It’s a bit trickier on the east coast where you may have to rely on the highlights.
US residents do not need a cable or satellite subscription to watch the Olympics on the NBC family of channels. NBC itself will be the main channel, but you will also find coverage on NBCN, CNBC, USA Network, Olympics Channel, Golf Channel, and Telemundo. The oldestInclude most or all of these NBC-related channels, and each includes NBC, although not in all markets. The Olympics will also be broadcast in 4K HDR on two of the services, FuboTV and YouTube TV.
What will the events be like?
Surfing consists mainly of two disciplines: shortboard and longboard. At the Tokyo Olympics, all athletes want to surf shortboard. A short board refers to any board that is less than two meters long. They usually have a pointed nose and are light. They are designed to be fast and precise, and are better suited for fast and powerful waves than longboards.
How will athletes be judged?
The judges will rate the athletes according to the type and difficulty of the maneuvers performed. An example of an advanced surf move is the antenna, where a surfer finds a ramp within a wave and dives off the edge, gains air, and lands on the face of the wave again. To get even more jaw-dropping, a surfer would spin in a full circle while in the air and still manage to land gracefully, a surfing move known as 360.
The judges will also consider speed, power and flow. Like other Olympic events, the judges will rate the surfers from 1 to 10 to two decimal places, for example 7.91.
Only one surfer can ride a wave at any given time, and athletes can lose points for not using common surfer etiquette, which states that the surfer closest to the top of a wave has the right-of-way for that wave.