History-makers! Skateboarding and surfing break new ground in Tokyo as both sports make their Olympic debuts on day two of the Games
History was made on day two of the Tokyo Games, when both skateboarding and surfing made their Olympic debuts.
Both sports were added as part of a revamp of the sports entry lists in an effort to bring in a younger audience.
Skateboarding impressed early Sunday morning with the heats for the men’s street event that kicked off the inaugural Olympics.
The sport will experience four days of competition in the scorching heat of Tokyo.
All eyes will be on Team USA’s Nyjah Huston and Japanese favorite Yuto Horigome, who will skate on a concrete track designed with rails and benches decorated with the five Olympic rings.
Skateboarding stood out as the sport made its debut at the Olympic Games on Sunday morning
Surfing made a splash on its own debut when the world’s best went to Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach
A splash was also made with another new sport for this Games cycle when surfing got its first action.
Four of the world’s top male surfers made history on Sunday morning at the Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach, with Brazil’s Italo Ferreira winning the first heat.
“I’m so excited, it’s a special event and I’ve been training a lot in the past few months, I’m so happy to be here,” he told reporters after sending Hiroto Ohhara, Leonardo Fioravanti and Leandro Usuna away to direct places for the third round.
Sunday morning’s swell provided the strength the inaugural quartet was looking for to show the best side of their sport.
The skateboard street competition is made to mimic the conditions of the streets with stairs, railings, benches and ramps to use and do tricks
All eyes are on Team USA’s Nyjah Huston as he leads the nation’s medal hopes
There was some debate as to whether it was Ferreira or Argentina’s Usuna who caught the first Olympic wave, but as the heat wore on, the Brazilian number one in the world showed his class.
“That was a terrible (first) wave!” Ferreira laughed.
“I did two turns and on the last one I fell, (but) I tried to catch a lot of waves and put scores on the board.”
With the stronger waves perfectly suited to his aerial game, Ferreira attacked aggressively, slashing each wave from right to left across the beach and launching into late spins that impressed the judges.
“Compared to the last few days, today has been really fun – more waves, more opportunities, and I hope we can have more waves tomorrow and create something completely different,” Ferreira said.
Stronger waves wreaked havoc on the surf among the men, but there were some standout performers
France’s Jeremy Flores tried to keep his composure on the board in the men’s round