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#4 Sports Talk ー Surfing Rides Wave of Momentum into Olympics

Listen in as JAPAN Forward sports editor Ed Odeven and International Surfing Association President Fernando Aguerre engage in a wide-ranging talk about surfing, the 2021 World Surfing Games and how being selected as an Olympic sport for the first time has been a positive catalyst.

Ed Odeven




Fernando Aguerre, a native of Argentina, has served as the International Surfing Association’s president since 1994. In this exclusive interview with JAPAN Forward, he shares some thoughts on the state of the sport during the global pandemic, the beauty and fun of surfing and how the World Surfing Games is a truly international experience. He details the personal joy of surfing every day, too.

Ed Odeven is a longtime sports journalist who previously worked for The Japan Times as its chief basketball reporter for nearly 14 years. He also covered a wide range of other sports for the newspaper, including at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games. A graduate of Arizona State University, Odeven worked for several newspapers in the Grand Canyon State before moving to Japan. He has freelanced for dozens of media outlets around the world.