The International Surfing Association has awarded the 2018 edition of its showpiece World Surfing Games to the Japanese city of Tahara.
Tahara will take hosting rights to the WSG after Japan this year also staged the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
The national team event has been granted a provisional calendar slot of September 15-22, just under two years before the Japanese capital city of Tokyo plays host to the 2020 summer Olympic and Paralympics Games. Surfing will feature for the first time in the Olympics at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The ISA also confirmed that the Brazilian resort of Buzios will stage its 2018 World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, and set tentative dates of November 23 to December 1. The event will follow on from this year’s contest, which took place in Vorupør and Copenhagen in Denmark, with Brazil to stage the competition for the first time.
ISA president Fernando Aguerre said: “Brazil and Japan are symbolic of the historic inclusion of surfing in the Olympic Games, as the official vote by the IOC to include surfing in the Olympic Sports Programme took place in Brazil, and Japan will be where surfing makes its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.
“The momentum and anticipation around the surfing competitions in Tokyo is growing every day. Bringing our flagship event back to Japan just two years before the Games with surely add to that excitement.
“On top of this, bringing the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship to Brazil, one of the world’s top surfing and SUP markets, will provide a great opportunity for the growth and development of the sport.”