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Cornish surfer hopes for Olympic selection

Emily Currie's surfing skills could take her to the 2020 Olympics inTokyo. Credit: Mr B Productions

Emily Currie from Bude is a hopeful for the UK's first Olympic surf team. Surfing is one of five sports making their debut in the Tokyo 2020 Games and the 20-year-old professional surfer is determined to be there.

It would be absolutely incredible it would be such an honour I represented team GB for a few years now but for the Olympics it's any sports person's dream and it's always been mine.

– Emily Currie

Emily grew up in Bude and learned to surf there - living so close to the beach gives her a distinctive advantage in her chosen profession.

She was the youngest selection to join Team England for the 2018 World Longboard Surfing Championships in China where she finished ninth.

She also ended her 2017 UK campaign ranked 2nd overall on the UK Pro Surf Tour. Emily is unusual as she is excelling in both shortboarding and longboarding - she was third on the World Surf League European Longboard Tour.

All in a day's surf - at Fistral Beach in Cornwall. Credit: ITV West Country

This year's World Surfing Games will be held in the Japanese city of Tahara in September - Emily is planning to be there - and a good result will send out a clear message that her Olympic dream is not far off becoming a reality.

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