Road to Tokyo 2020
Cornish surfing star Luke Dillon, is on his journey to represent Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Luke Dillon, 24, grew up in Newquay, Britain’s surfing mecca, and has been numbered within the world’s top 200 surfers since he joined the world circuit, having won the British title in 2015.
Korev-sponsored Luke is the youngest ever British Champion. Now competing on the global stage, Luke is setting his sights on Tokyo by earning enough WSL competition points to ensure he continues to be recognised as one of the top British surfers when selection starts shortly.
Surfing was officially confirmed as an Olympic sport on August 3rd 2016. The professional and amateur bodies involved in the sport, the World Surfing League and the International Surfing Association (ISA), joined forces over 10 years ago to ensure enough countries were actively involved in surfing in order for it to qualify for inclusion the Olympic Games.
Competition for places at Tokyo will be tough as the 2020 Olympics will welcome only 40 Olympic surfing athletes to the competition based at Shidashita Beach in the region of Chiba, 40 miles outside of Tokyo.
Luke’s goal is to use his early success on the world stage to ensure he is best placed to represent Great Britain at the Olympics.
Luke’s journey so far has been supported by one of Cornwall oldest companies, St Austell Brewery, who are also the official supporter to Surfing GB, the sports national body.
Luke said: “The decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to include surfing in the Olympic Games was a huge moment for me personally, and it’s come at a perfect time for me: I want to be on the plane to Tokyo to represent my country.”
“Since winning the British Title in 2016 Luke has continued to train hard, competing at the best events around the world from Portugal to Taiwan, he has consistently kept within the top 200 of over 1,500 professional surfers across the world. I.”