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How To Watch Olympic Surfing

Before watching professional surfers catch their first waves at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, take a minute to brush up on your surfing lingo and learn how to judge the competition.

Here, Luli Pereira and Erik Krammer show us what they watch for when judging a wave and teach us the rules of the game. Luli is a World Surf League judge who will be a judge in Tokyo, and Erik is the technical director for the International Surfing Association.

Olympic surfers will compete on the World Surf League Championship Tour following the Tokyo Games. Learn more at

Be sure to check out our other “How To Watch” videos to prepare you for all the new sports at this year’s Olympics.

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Tony Chow is a video producer for FiveThirtyEight.


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