Surfing at the Olympics has once again been approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with the action sport joining skateboarding and sports climbing as the latest events to be added to the Summer Games.

Although surfing at the Olympics and the other two sports were approved by the IOC — with its executive board agreeing to add them — the events will not be part of the roster of sports until the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.

Overall, the Summer Olympics will now have 28 competing sports.

Prior to the IOC’s decision to add skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing at the Olympics, the host city (L.A.), had welcomed the expansion and addition of the sports, hoping that the “three iconic West Coast sports” would help attract younger viewers to the Games.

The three sports had originally debuted at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, and now join an expanded roster of events in future Games.

While surfing at the Olympics was approved again, other sports were not as fortunate on making the cut. Among those not selected for future Games were boxing, modern pentathlon and weightlifting. However, those three events can still be added next year should they meet targets set be board members at the IOC.

In its first time at the Summer Olympics in 2020, surfing results were as follows.

Men – Shortboard

  • Gold Medal: Italo Ferreira (Brazil)
  • Silver Medal: Kanoa Igarashi (Japan)
  • Bronze Medal: Owen Wright (Australia)

Women – Shortboard

  • Gold Medal: Carissa Moore (USA)
  • Silver Medal: Bianca Buitendag (South Africa)
  • Bronze Medal: Amuro Tsuzuki (Japan)

In addition to surfing at the Olympics, other sports are also expected to be suggested to organizers of the Los Angeles Games in 2028. Among the events are breakdancing, baseball and softball, with the former already making its debut at the 2024 Olympics at the request of the host city, Paris.