(Tsurigasaki Beach, Japan) - The very first Olympic surf competition is set to run Sunday, July 25 Japan time with a 7:00 am start, which is July 24th in the U.S. - 3:00 pm PT/6:00 pm ET.
Kolohe Andino gets things started for Team USA in heat three of the mens.
John John Florence is in heat four. Heat draws can be found here.
Carissa Moore will be in the first women's heat. Caroline Marks is in heat five.
It isn’t yet known whether NBC will carry surfing live. Keep an eye on this NBC link, which is being updated daily. You can also watch the livestream here and follow the schedule here.
Round one of the men and women's heats features five rounds of four surfers, who compete in 30-minute heats with 10-minute introductions for surfers in between. The top two in each heat advance to round three.
In the second round, the 10 surfers who did not advance will be given one more chance to advance. Round two will have five surfers per heat, competing with the top three in each advancing to round three.
From round three through to the finals, it’s one-on-one elimination among a field of 16. The winner of each round three heat advances to quarterfinals. From quarterfinals, the winner of each heat advances to the semifinals. The winners of the semifinals battle it out for the gold and silver medals, while the third and fourth place surfers compete for bronze.
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Team USA surfers are so stoked! Thank you for all the love and support over the miles.
Surfers Carissa Moore, Caroline Marks, Kolohe Andino and John John Florence definitely feel your presence here in Japan and are so proud to represent friends, family and country back home.
USA Surfing CEO Greg Cruse said, “Team USA not only has the best surfers in the world, they are spectacular representatives of our sport and country. Their professionalism, passion and dedication to excellence is unmatched."
USA Surfing hosted an Opening Ceremony at our Team House, complete with fireworks, balloons, flags waving, and an Instagram live back home to SurfearNEGRA’s epic watch party in Jacksonville, Fla. and Shoreline Church in San Clemente, Calif.
Team USA Olympic surfer Kolohe Andino thanked the local businesses and host Pension "First" Place for "making the night so special."
We’re ready to make history!
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