It seems that every time the Olympics come around, the same old "Should surfing become an Olympic sport?" question pops up. Should it? I don't know. When I was young and an up-and-coming competitor in surfing events, I would have said unquestionably "yes" to that question. But as I have gotten older, my viewpoint has swayed to the other side more than a little bit. The main reason is that surfing just may be way too cool of a thing to be subjected to being bunched in with ballroom dancing and some of the other Olympic "sports."
For a good example, let me remind everybody about the last Winter Games when we were subjected to unending hours of the great and thrilling sport of women's curling. I pretty much swore off ever turning on the television for the Winter Games again after that. I wanted to catch some screaming bobsleds and downhill racing, and if I had to catch a bit of ice skating along the way, so be it. I can flow along with that.
But really, curling? And why, why, oh why, oh why, did they have to have it on nonstop? And now we have the Summer Games, and I can't seem to catch a U.S. men's basketball game without already knowing who won first.