After three days of fierce competition in everything from waist-high wedges to overhead typhoon surf, reigning World Surf League (WSL) Champions Carissa Mooreand Italo Ferreira have won the first-ever Olympic gold medals for surfing.
Rounding out the podium and earning the bronze was Japan’s Amuro Tsuzuki and Australia’s Owen Wright, who were both formidable competitors throughout the entire surfing competition.
Credit: ISA / Sean Evans, Pablo Jimenez, Ben Reed
Surfing’s first women’s Olympic medalists (left to right): Bianca Buitendag, Carissa Moore and Amuro Tsuzuki – PABLO JIMENEZ / ISA
Gold: Carissa Moore (USA)
Silver: Bianca Buitendag (RSA)
Bronze: Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN)
“Getting to share the sport with so many people that maybe have never even watched surfing was super special,” said Moore. “As a Hawaiian, just seeing Duke Kahanamoku’s dream come true to have surfing in the Olympics is super special. It’s a big time for surfing to be recognized on this level.”
Surfing’s first men’s Olympic medalists (left to right): Kanoa Igarashi, Italo Ferreira and Owen Wright. – PABLO JIMENEZ / ISA
Gold: Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Silver: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)
Bronze: Owen Wright (AUS)
“All surfers made history here,” said Ferreira. “Every surfer has a piece of this Gold Medal. I started surfing on a cooler top when I was a kid before I got my first real board and won my first event. Because of [my upbringing] I have a lot of passion for the sport.”