"In 2016, after years of lobbying, the International Olympic Committee announced that surfing had been added as an official event for the Paris Olympics in 2020. The decision sent many nations, including some unlikely ones, scrambling to build teams. In short order, hundreds of hopeful surfers from Japan, China, and South Korea descended on Huntington Beach, the surfers’ paradise that trademarked itself as “Surf City” in 2006."

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