Tahiti firms for 2024 Olympic surf venue

Rick Snowden
Swellnet Dispatch

In the latest dispatch from the peculiar collision of surf and Olympics, Tahiti is emerging as a likely candidate to host the 2024 Olympic surfing event.

It was revealed in June that the French Polynesian island had raised its hand after the nation’s President, Edouard Fritsch, met with key IOC members.

According to The Guardian, French organisers have since insisted that Tahiti is the favourite among the top candidates, citing likelihood of swell, experience with top tier surf event hosting and the IOC’s recent push to ‘popularise’ the games, as key reasons for its selection.

Other candidates in the running include Biarritz, Hossegor, Lacanau, and La Torche to the north.

Visuals are key if you want to show off the sport, and palm trees and vibrant-blue tubes have an edge over your typical Euro beachie. Can you imagine the viewership on a battle for gold at Chopes?

Michel Bourez and a stadium fit for the Olympics (Lerot Bellet/Red Bull)

So, how does an event held in Paris come to potentially host an offshoot event 15,000kms on the other side of the globe? 

They’ve coined it the New Norm reform process, and it involves a relaxed, more flexible approach for venues outside of host countries to hold Olympic events.

Deflating the idea of the South Pacific event, however, is IOC Chief, Thomas Bach, who proclaimed his preference for the site to be closer to the heart of the action. 

“My personal opinion is that if you have two or more candidate sites, of the same sporting level, I definitely prefer the option that is closest to the centre of the Games, so that the athletes and spectators can profit from the atmosphere of the Olympics.”

Mr Bach may need to partake in a little more research before suggesting that summertime conditions on the French coast might be “of the same sporting level” as the immaculate oversize curves of in-season Teahupo’o. 

Regardless of his leanings, Mr Bach acknowledged that the decision rests with the IOC. The next official update on the matter is to be announced on December 12th.

Taking a step back, it should be noted that while surfing has officially been added to the Provisional List of Sports for 2024, it’s inclusion still hangs on the outcome of (a potentially demoralising) Tokyo 2020. We won’t know for certain until the world has seen surfers dressed with medals on blackened Japanese sand.

Question: Would surfing as a whole benefit from an Olympic event at the End Of The Road? 

Oh, and wave pools? They’re officially off the table at Japan 2020 and Paris 2024.


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kaybeegee commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 7:10am

'...so that athletes and spectators can profit from the atmosphere...'
Considering this is the IOC, what he meant to say was '...so that we can profit off the athletes and spectators...'

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Ape Anonymous commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 9:13am

So did Michele make this wave?

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ilikelamb commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 9:59am
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brownie48 commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 9:25am

No he didnt, best photo I have seen for a long time and the one I pick for icon status in the other thread

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freeride76 commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 12:14pm

I don't think it's iconic because it's clearly a staged "stunt" shot where he's way too far back behind the west bowl to make it.

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Sprout commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 10:26am

Is that a video frame or a photo? Looks too blurry to be a photo?

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wax-on-danielson commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 11:52am

What about competitors from some land locked country that make the team cause no one else knows what surfing is. Like the swimmers from Timbuktu that finish the 1500 freestyle after the medal ceremony and almost drown in the process. Said competitor is super stoked to be on the team and away from their war-torn rat hole of a country, then they paddle out at Chopes and die.

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thermalben commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 12:04pm

All part of The Olympic Spirit, I suppose. "The important thing is not to win, but to take part".

Also, pls don't die.

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mattlock commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 12:36pm

They could hold it in Reunion. The sight of someone getting rag-dolled by a bull shark would do wonders for the image of surfing at the Olympics.

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Legrope commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 1:26pm

All female athletes as well? Could be a flogging or 2

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truebluebasher commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 2:58pm

No secret that the new guy slotted into the line-up like a seasoned pro..."Aloha Rick"
Wave of the Day ~~~~^~~~~/(`~~~~/(C......../(C`..[ Rick )...

Great Update Rick...especially talking up the New Norm Venues.

Surfing Venue Location. (Google Earth & whole planet ignore 2020 Surfing on Maps)
2020 Olympic Surfing is outcast & not on Games Venue Maps so will sell less merch.
Beach tent venue further downgrades ticket value to less than Olympic T Shirt cost.

2020- Tsurigasaki Beach (Not on Maps) capacity 6,000 (Gold Medal ticket -$40)

2024 - Hossegor #1 Surfing Venue on Earth (Pro Lap Dance Golden Shower Orgy)
Hossegor likewise would never appear on Olympic Venue Maps...(Insert only).

2024 Teahupoo [STRICTLY NO ADMITTANCE] - WSL Gazillionaire Yacht Fleet Only!
A drop in the ocean on French Olympic Map
Needs a whole Olympic Budget in it's own right (Expensive- wasteful add on)
Money Laundering or Casino just to pay for inclusion.

2032 Snapper 35,000 / (D'bah) 5,000 or WSL Coolum Ranch 20,000 (Millionaires)
All SEQ Surfing Venues would promote well on international Air/City transit Maps.

SEQ 2032 is 1st ground up 'new norms' & NZ was 'invited' as SEQ 2032 co/host.
State surf safari CEO was a little too fluent with new norm interpretation! (Oops!)
Did someone say KFC?

Message from Qldurrz to Surfing World ...("No WSL wave pool for 2032 Olympics")
GC 2032 Olympic surfing has 100% support from Govt /Mayors/WSL Pro's.
Olympic head Mayor/Sunshine Coast has bid for many sports & none were Surfing.
SC Mayor openly supports 2032 GC Olympic Surfing over WSL Coolum wave pool.

Tahitian international 'unsporting' ties..
Parent Nation France refuses a return 1979 Tahiti Rugby Test match.
1) A Test series or (Equal trade) frees the Nation. Tahiti -France (No return test ever!)
2) Olympics + World Rugby penalise all suspect Tahitian Oceanic QF attempts.
3) This allows France Rugby to harvest the pick of athletic Tahitian sporting slaves.
4) Olympics/Rugby deny Tahiti vs France reciprocals (Trade-Unity) = Independence

When Australia Soccer joined Asian Grouping it left a hole in Oceanic Group.
1) Oceans11 (Plan) Euro clubs launder $billions thru 11 Pacific tax haven sister clubs.
2) France were least likely to reciprocate Oceania-Tahiti Football (Tax haven granted)
3) 2013 Tahiti host FIFA World Cup Football Tournament (Crowd 110,000)
4) France never won one of 3 playoffs (Denying Host Tahiti a return (sporting) match)

Summing up!
FIFA allows Tahiti to host & compete in own Football Tournament.
WSL allows Tahiti to host & compete in own Surfing Tournament.

Olympic Spirit allows Tahiti to co/host but not compete in home Olympic Tournament.
Demand that co/host Tahiti be able to compete or turn & walk away from slavery!
Surfing can only lose by cowering to dark side! Crew know we're better than that!

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bluediamond commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 6:24pm

Well said TBB!

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mibs-oner commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 7:32pm

Have you been to the future with Matt groening?

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019 at 12:52am

Cheers crew!
Qldurrz last brain cell was removed for Olympic 2032 microchip.
One way time machine where once you go forward, there's no turning back. tbb points out that it's now 2032 & WSL have control of Qld Govt until the end of time.
[Correction] It's 2019 & WSL have control of Qld Govt until 2032 & beyond!

WSL Pacific Solution

Once 43% of Hawaiians were Japanese.
Japan Olympics bans Hawaiian Flag Waving

Tahiti's biggest trading partner is Japan.
Japan Olympics ban Tahitians from Flag waving

3 Ancient surfing Nations of Pacific.
Honoured Guests @ 1st Pacific Surfing Olympics
Olympics tell WSL to dump yer Surfie mates

Olympic compass points bone at Tahiti
Go fetch WSL to remove the savages.

tbb no longer needs a time machine.
Forever destroyed Surfing's future past.

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Billyw commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 6:43pm

stupid to have it at Chopes- need a performance wave that allows all competitors who have qualified correctly an opportunity. that is what the Olympics is about. using Chopes screams of chest thumping cool surf admin guys wanting to show off that they are in a hardcore sport. it would hardly be an accurate representation of surfing.

B Dub

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amb commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 7:01pm

Billy if you compare it to the Winter games , most of your weekend snowboarders cant do the half pipe. I say have it at Chopes , but you know they wont, ill put a $100 on that it will be in Hossinger.

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jetson.rover commented Friday, 13 Dec 2019 at 8:25pm

Olympic sports are about bums on seats watching them happen in front of you.
Which is why the wave pool would be good for olympic surfing.
There'll be no bums on seats in the channel at Chopes on the other side of the world from France except for the surf comp competitors and entourage on their boats, just like the annual CT comp there.
It'll definitely be a better spectacle for TV viewers that follow surfing though.
Well if Kelly doesn't make the US olympic team for next year in Japan he can look forward to this one 4 years later.
I won't be surprised if he's still competing then because it's obvious he loves being on tour and recieving the attention he gets as the GOAT, even if he's well past being a world title contender any more.

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theblacksheep commented Friday, 13 Dec 2019 at 10:14pm

You’d be bummed as an athlete to miss out on opening ceremonies etc Not to mention partying with the Swedish beach volleyball team...

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theblacksheep commented Friday, 13 Dec 2019 at 10:16pm
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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 15 Dec 2019 at 1:32pm

theblacksheep thanx for update (Valid point- Olympic 'ideal' village in next post)

France quash Pacific independence uprising by staging steps to freedom .
France liberates the Pacific-see: FIFA Tournament, Pacific Forums now Surf-Olympics
French quarters stack polls, so for now Tahitian Olympics buys a stay of execution.

[New Norm] authored by a fly on the wall @ (ISA - France 2024 Meeting)
"Tahiti Olympic event allows France for the first time, to showcase the wealth & diversity of our overseas territories. Demonstrating the richness of French culture beyond it's metropolitan territory." Vive la France!

XXXL New Norm ...(Translation)
Sanctioned Olympic ideal that empowers French slavery of pacific people. (see: ISA)
ISA: We are the right hand that rocks the cradle full of pacific grom slaves.

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 15 Dec 2019 at 8:49pm

Rick reports on New Norm with IOC backing Athletic & Enviro sense & here's why!
Athletes are required to share in Games Atmosphere.
First week in Tahiti then ALL surfers must fly to France for Closing Ceremony
So yes! Wherever you surf the Teams must still fly to France win, loose or draw!

Tahiti is record 15,700 km away from Games or 1,500kg Co2 (Extra) per Olympian.
$186,000 Extra in cost to fly Surf Olympians (Not including coaches/teams/family)

Surfletes require several Townships on different lands.(4 temp' abodes per surflete)
1) Teahupoo Surflete Village
2) Surfers leave after week one & Plane is home for one 'whole day.'
3) Surfer's village is then dismantled...Modules are shipped to Outer Islands & Rebuilt.
4) Surfletes are then rehoused during 2nd week in their awaiting Paris Games rooms.

Tahiti surfletes require 3x flights/builds/provinces =( Olympic Surfers #1 eco vandals)
Requiring Nation's taxpayers to dig 3x deeper for Surfer's Top Shelf Cub Med holiday.

New Norm - Existing Facilities or continued social use of Games Arena is untested
Tokyo Olympics - Skateboarding 5,000 seated Arena > Surfing stands 6,000
France Olympics - Skateboaring 35,000 seated Arena > Surfing flotilla 1,500
Massive difference in brother's arenas...Tahiti Marine Debris makes for rubbish TV.
France beach break proposals stand 15,000 each - (Olympics is 5x > WSL flotila)
Tahiti's Jets Ski & Boat fuel dumps more fuel load on Surfer's Olympic sized Co2 bill.

(Pause) Tahiti's Surflete's Pacific Pollution Solution breaks WR for Trashing the Surf .
Olympic Surfers are now surfing in their own filth...(Should all go to jail.)...That Bad!
World mocks Surfer's Oily Protests...after wave pools & Club Med Olympics.(A joke!)

France bidders, ISA, France 2024 instantly believe Teahupoo is best Olympic venue?
Other old school ASP pros thought otherwise...as it's a poor choice even if perfect!

New Norm (What...Again....Yes Again!) This changes everything...Everything!

WSL/ Women & Paralympians don't compete at Teahupoo.
Surf organisers insisted they can wait out for smaller days.
But how! Cagey left only wave is clearly 75 % down on French dual A frames.

Paralympics Surfing display is written into New Norm. (ISA/France 2024 know this!)
Tow or assist? Celebration may be gifted to a more adaptable French Beach..
Camps are split, if to throw all into the deep end. (Careful what you wish for!)

Olympic Comp format [LOCALS ONLY]
Comp format was agreed / tested & would suit any French Beach Break.
Get ready Tokyo M/F (test)comp needed 2 x R/L peaks over 4 days.
Teahupoo (m/f/P) on one left ... 4 days + women's/Para' down time (One week max!)
Pushing to make up heat time at mono Teahupoo...not even an option.(Explanation!)

Olympic surfing priority is awarded to inside surfer (Old School) - 4 & 5 man heats!
WSL rewards Teahupoo priority shoulder hop (Deep inside take off is screened out).
Olympic inside Priority rewards deepest ever Chope's comp surfing...the real thing!
Olympic format may have to be aborted for safer WSL shoulder priority. (Shh!)

Now add 1,500 CEO's pet drones + subs + frogs legs into yer Keg!
Cradle of craniums is the ultimate Boyz Toyz dumpster dive.

tbb is also lured by swayin' palms, just sick of surfing reps shitting over the planet.
Apology to non surfers reading this...we all promise to repair the damage! So sorry!