Surfing is set to make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Olympics this month. The US Olympic surf team consists of four surfers and two alternates. This year’s world champion John John Florence and Kolohe Andino will be joined by alternate Kelly Slater, the team’s most recognizable face, having won 11 world titles in his career. Four-time world champ Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks will lead the women’s team, with Lakey Peterson as an alternate.
What’s cool about surfing is that, unlike many Olympic sports, the spots where pros practice while at home aren’t cordoned off inside buildings or professional training centers. More often than not, the stars you’ll see on TV in the coming weeks practice on public beaches with spectators watching from the shore. You can practice where they practice, or at least where they got started, at these surf spots in the hometowns of the US Olympic surfing team.