This week, the International Olympic Committee announced it will add surfing, among four other sports, to the lineup of games in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
The announcement was made in Rio de Janeiro this week, where the 2016 games officially kicked off on Friday.
Many Southern California surfers -- young and old -- said they were stoked by the announcement.
"I think it's great and it's gonna be rad and sick," said 12-year-old Max Lambert, walking home with his surfboard after an afternoon riding waves in Huntington Beach. "I can't wait."
The road to convincing the IOC to include surfing has been long. It began in 1920, when Duke Kahanamoku, widely considered the "father of surfing," won a gold medal in swimming. The win brought attention to the sport of surfing, but it wasn't until the early '90s when surfers began to lobby the International Olympic Committee.