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Fernando Aguerre is California Dreaming - but surfing looks increasingly ready to catch the Olympic wave

By Mike Rowbottom

mike rowbottom ©insidethegamesThe International Olympic Committee's (IOC) recent and much heralded Agenda 2020 deliberations in Monaco have done nothing to discourage Fernando Aguerre, President of the International Surfing Association (ISA), about the prospects of his beloved sport riding a wave into the Olympic Programme.

The clear horizon indicated by the decision to abolish the cap of 28 sports in the summer Games has set this 56-year-old Argentinian-born entrepreneur dreaming - California dreaming, naturally.

With an indication expected this week over the United States' intentions of bidding for the 2024 summer Games - and with two Californian cities, San Francisco and Los Angeles, reckoned to be favourites for potential nomination from the four possibilities - Aguerre, born and raised in the coastal city of Mar del Plata but now resident in the US coastal city of San Diego, is hoping against hope...