Paris 2024 is aiming to take celebrations to new heights and treat audiences to breath-taking sports – in the spirit that has guided the Olympic Games since their inception. It has added four spectacular disciplines, including surfing, and hand-picked spots and venues to match them. For its second appearance at the Games, following Tokyo in 2021, surfing has a setting that is worthy of this event with the Teahupo’o wave, in Tahiti, one of the most selective in the world and without doubt one of the most beautiful at this time of the year.
The decision to stage the surfing competitions at Teahupo’o tallies with Paris 2024’s ambition to spread the Games across France. It offers an opportunity to engage French overseas territories and their communities in the Olympic Games – for the first time in history – while showcasing France’s rich and diverse heritage.
The waves at Teahupo’o will offer an Olympic-class challenge for the athletes, and treat fans in Tahiti and around the world to a breath-taking experience. Tahiti will host a one-of-a-kind competition in a spot that surfers the world over revere: Teahupo’o has been hosting the Pro Tahiti world championship event for over two decades and is one of the highlights on the Men’s Championship Tour. It is a dream spot for many leading surfers, and some of them – including Gabriel Medina, Kelly Slater, Jérémy Florès, Andy Irons and Mark Occhilupo – have been lucky enough to conquer it. From 1999 to 2006, it was part of the Women’s circuit, and it has made its big return in August 2022.
The competition venue has been designed to protect the island’s extraordinary natural surroundings. The event will not affect the coastline because the waves break offshore. And fans will be able to enjoy the thrills and chills at the live sites, while celebrating Polynesian culture, the Olympic spirt and Paris 2024’s values.
Capacity: 600 people standing.
What sport for Paris 2024?
- Shortboard (women’s / men’s)
Where is it located?
Department : French Polynesia
City : Teahupo’o, on the island of Tahiti, 75km from Papeete.
The Teahupo’o site will continue to host the world surf championship tour. The small-scale overlay installations set up for the Games will disappear after the competition, with the exception of the new judges’ tower. Once built, it will allow French Polynesia to benefit from an infrastructure that will enable it to host major surfing events after the Games.