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Some Chill And Extreme And Cool Photos Of Surfing And Skateboarding At The Olympics

A historic and legitimizing moment for both sports was captured in epic, epic shots of athletes from around the world.

Posted on July 25, 2021, at 2:52 p.m. ET

Yuto skateboarding down a handrail, arms raised, no helmet
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Yuto Horigome of Japan

Surfing and skateboarding made their debuts at the Olympics over the weekend in Tokyo, a historic moment for the Summer Games that was also extremely cool.

Surfing was kicked off with women's and men's events Sunday, but no medals have been awarded yet. Meanwhile, skateboarding was inaugurated with the men's street event Saturday, with Japan's Yuto Horigome taking the gold. The first women's skateboarding event will be held Monday in Tokyo, which is late Sunday for North America.

For surfing, it was more than 100 years in the making. Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing, won gold for swimming in the 1912 Olympics and, from the podium, expressed his dream that surfing would one day become part of the Games.

Becoming part of the Olympics is also a sign that skateboarding, with its counterculture roots, has made it to the mainstream.

"It's a pretty surreal juxtaposition of just my life in skateboarding," USA Skateboarding CEO Josh Friedberg told ABC News. "I still get harassed by security guards, and I'm skating in the parking lot behind my grocery store. So, you know, it's funny to have those two worlds colliding in such an interesting way."

While the weekend's events were a huge milestone for both sports, they were an even bigger thrill for the rest of us who got to watch. The athleticism was captivating, and the athletes looked fresh while doing it.

Here are some of the most epic photos taken as surfing and skateboarding made Olympic history.

Italo surfing in midair, arms raised
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Brazil's Italo Ferreira

Mahina riding a crashing wave
Francisco Seco / AP

Japan's Mahina Maeda

Anat riding a wave
David Goldman / AP

Israel's Anat Lelior

Charlie Neibergall / AP

The Philippines' Margielyn Didal

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Indonesia's Rio Waida

Kanoa crouched above a wave
Francisco Seco / AP

Japan's Kanoa Igarashi

AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Japan's Yukito Aoki

Ella surfing a wave, arms wide
Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

New Zealand's Ella Williams

John John surfing, suspended in air, with sunlight hitting the water
Olivier Morin / AP

The United States' John John Florence

Charlie Neibergall / AP

Brazil's Yndiara Asp

AP Photo/Ben Curtis

United States' Mariah Duran

Manuel riding a wave in bright sunlight
Olivier Morin / AP

Chile's Manuel Selman

A helmeted Rayssa skateboarding down a stair handrail, arms raised
Ben Curtis / AP

Brazil's Rayssa Leal

UPDATE

This post has been updated removing photos taken at skateboarding competitions before the Olympics.

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