ASB MAGAZINE: The International Surfing Association(ISA) confirmed that Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti will replace South Africa’s Jordy Smith when Surfing makes its Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The ISA received official notice from Surfing South Africa that Smith will be unable to participate in Tokyo 2020 due to injury. Fioravanti enters with some excellent form, recently taking out the Sydney Surf Pro WSL Challenger series event in March this year and is currently ranked 17th on the Championship Tour.
Fioravanti is the next eligible surfer to replace Smith via the qualification event from which Smith qualified: the 2019 WSL Championship Tour (CT).
The Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) has accepted the qualification slot for Fioravanti, finalizing the process.
Fioravanti placed 31st on the 2019 WSL CT and recently represented his country at the 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games where he earned an equal 19th place.
The window for the Olympic Surfing competition will run from July 25 – August 1, with the competition being held in the Chiba prefecture of Japan at Tsurigasaki Beach.
Learn more at isasurf.org.