- Title: Local surfers in Japan ride waves as sport makes Olympic debut
- Date: 25th July 2021
- Summary: ISUMI, CHIBA PREFECTURE, JAPAN (JULY 25, 2021) (REUTERS) SHOT OF TAITO BEACH VARIOUS OF SURFERS CATCHING WAVES IN THE WATER SPECTATORS SITTING AT THE BEACH WATCHING SPECTATORS OUTSIDE OLYMPIC SURF VENUE EXTERIOR OF OLYMPIC SURF VENUE VARIOUS OF SURFERS IN THE WATER VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ON THE BEACH AS SURFERS RIDE WAVES
- Embargoed: 8th August 2021 02:08
- Keywords: Japan Olympic surfing Olympic surfing in Japan Olympics Taito Beach Taito Beach surfing Tokyo 2020 surfing surfing in Japan
- Location: ISUMI, JAPAN
- City: ISUMI, JAPAN
- Country: USA
- Topics: Olympics,Sport,United States
- Reuters ID: LVA001ENC8S3R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Dozens of local surfers hit the waves on Taito Beach in Isumi, Japan, on Sunday (July 25) morning, just down the shore from where four of the world's top male surfers made history as their sport made its long-awaited Olympic debut at the Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach.
Brazil's Italo Ferreira won the first heat of the sport's competition, edging out local favourite Hiroto Ohhara, Italy's Leonardo Fioravanti, and Argentina's Leandro Usuna.
The competition continues, with five heats for men and five for women due to be completed on Sunday.
The Tokyo Olympics are being held during typhoon season and the weather is a major talking point, with heat and humidity expected to be a major factor in many sports.
But it's the wind and waves that are of most importance for surfing.
Surfline, which is providing forecasts for the 2020 Games, predicts rising tropical cyclone surf starting on Sunday and continuing through next week, with a prolonged run of medium-sized waves during the eight-day competition window.
(Production: Nathan Frandino, Akira Tomoshige)
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