Margaret River’s Jack Robinson to represent Australia in surfing at Olympics in Tahiti

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Australian surfers Ethan Ewing, Jack Robinson, Tyler Wright and Molly Picklum are going to the Olympics.
Camera IconAustralian surfers Ethan Ewing, Jack Robinson, Tyler Wright and Molly Picklum are going to the Olympics. Credit: Surfing Australia

Margaret River surf star Jack Robinson was this week named as one of four Australians to represent the country in surfing at the next Olympics.

While Paris will host the international sporting spectacle, the surfing competition will run from July 27 to August 5 at Teahupo’o on the west coast of Tahiti.

Joining the Championship Tour star are fellow World Surf League competitors Tyler Wright, Molly Picklum and Ethan Ewing.

The Olympic selection was based on CT 2023 rankings and taking part in the 2024 World Surfing Games in Puerto Rico.

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The four-person Olympic squad, named the Irukandjis, has multiple CT wins between them, with Ewing a former two-time world champion.

Robinson said he was thrilled to compete in the sport’s second-only appearance in the Olympics.

And the second-place CT surfer knows what it takes to succeed in Tahiti after winning the 2023 Tahiti Pro at the same venue.

“When I got selected, it was a dream,” he said.

“Representing the Irukandjis, just really proud to represent your country.

“Teahupo’o is the heaviest wave in the world. It’s so gnarly, you just have to respect the wave every time you go out.

“It was really inspiring watching (fellow surfer) Owen (Wright). I just want to get to the Olympics first. Once we’re there, it will all unfold.”

Surfing Australia high performance director Kate Wilcomes said she was proud to have the “incredibly talented athletes” represent Australia.

“Our athletes bring not only their skill but also respect for the wave, the local people and their culture,” she said.

“I believe this passion and connection to the location is important not only to our team’s success but also to the legacy that follows after the Games.

“I can’t wait to see them in the green and gold.”

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