IOC approves proposal to include skateboarding, surfing and rock climbing in 2028 Los Angeles Olympics

An LA 2028 sign is visible in front of the Olympic Cauldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Richard Vogel/Associated Press)

The International Olympic Committee has approved a proposal to include surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing among the core sports for the 2028 summer games in Los Angeles.

The decision was taken at an IOC session on Thursday, a day before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

“The LA28 Games have always been about bringing more freshness, youthful energy and creativity to the Olympic and Paralympic movement,” Casey Wasserman, president of the Los Angeles Organizing Committee, said in a statement.

Prototypical Southern California activities, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing made their Olympic debut in Tokyo last summer and will be included in the “extra” list for Paris in 2024.

They are part of an IOC campaign aimed at attracting young fans to an international competition that has seen its audience steadily grow. Maintaining the new sports for 2028 represents another step towards cementing their place among more traditional events.

“We always knew that surfing was a natural choice for LA28,” said Fernando Aguerre, president of the international surfing federation. “As the official sport of California, surfing is synonymous with action, youth and energy.”

LA28, which still has the ability to add “additional” sports, marked Thursday’s announcement by releasing new specialty logos.

The organizing committee previously unveiled an adaptable emblem that allows artists, athletes and celebrities to create their own versions of the “A” in LA28. Singer Billie Eilish and actress Reese Witherspoon contributed, as did a streetwear designer, chef and tattoo artist.

Professional surfer Carissa Moore has now designed a logo for her sport. Just like climber Nathaniel Coleman and Sky Brown, bronze medalist and professional skateboarder.

“It’s so easy to hold back from trying something if it seems scary,” Brown said. “I want my ‘A’ to help people believe in themselves and do what they love.”

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Virginia F. Goins