TWEED Heads-based world surfing champion, Mick Fanning, has welcomed news that surfing is now one step closer to being added to the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The recommendations were presented to the International Olympic Committee on Monday night.
A final decision will be made at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016.
"It would be amazing for surfers to have the opportunity to go and surf at the Olympics," Fanning said.
"It is probably the most watched sporting event in the world.
"It would be a huge honour to go and represent your country at such a prestigious competition."
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Fanning admitted he could be a "little old" by 2020, but named former Lennox Head surfer Mikey Wright as a good chance.
"Australia has a lot of great talent coming up and I'm sure we'll do great in Olympic competition," he said.
"Young guys like Jack Freestone, Ryan Callinan and Mikey Wright are three guys that are really starting to find their feet on the World Tour and would be hitting good form around then."
Surfing will be competing with baseball, softball, karate, skateboarding and sports climbing to be included in the Tokyo Games.