Olympic Surf’s Up In Tahiti?

February 6, 2020

France may be hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics, but those who plan on competing in the surfing category won’t be headed anywhere close to France to show the world who deserves an Olympic medal. While there are a number of great surfing spots around France, the French government has decided that the surfing competition of the 2024 Summer Olympics will be held in Tahiti. Why Tahiti?

Surfers at Teahupo’o
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Tahiti is part of French Polynesia, which is a territory of France, but it’s also home to the island village of, a place known for some of the most impressive waves in the world. What’s more is that Teahupo’o is no stranger to professional world surfing competitions, which makes it a natural choice for a surfing competition. Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee isn’t a huge fan of the idea given how far some athletes will be from the main Olympic stage (Tahiti is at least a 23-hour flight from Paris!), but the decision for where the surfing portion of the 2024 Summer Olympics will be held is ultimately decided by the French organizing committee. Which other locations were contenders? Hossegor-Seignosse-Capbreton, Biarritz, Lacanau, and La Torche, France. Surf’s up!

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