The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are about one year away, but preparation for the games begin now.
For surfers in Southern California, that means conquering the waves and knowing what to expect in Japan. Surf forecaster Kevin Wallis predicts waves in Tokyo will be like waves in Huntington Beach.
“It’s probably the most consistent, rideable, and competitive wave in Japan,” said Wallis.
Wallis predicts Olympic surfers can expect lots of waves with “a little punch to them.”
Wallis said databases allow him to monitor waves a year in advance and check the overall wave climate at the event site. Watch the video above to learn more about how he makes predictions.
“We have a database going back 40 years,” Wallis said. “Once we get a week or two out, we can start to look for storms that are going to develop near Japan. And those are the ones that are going to send waves or even typhoons for bigger waves.”