Confirmed: Paris backs Tahiti to host 2024 Olympics

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As of today Teahupo’o is one giant step closer to Olympic fame, pending a final sign off from the IOC.

Paris 2024 organisers have made the call for a South Pacific event, based on a number of reasons including Tahiti’s swell consistency compared with the French alternatives Biarritz, Hossegor, Lacanau, and La Torche.

The Paris committee also rightly claimed that Teahupo’o had, “one of the most beautiful waves in the world”.

President of Tahiti’s Surfing Federation, Lionel Teihotu has said that plans will be put into place for them to also include the women’s Olympic surf event, an exciting prospect given there’s currently no female event held in Tahiti.

Several days back Swellnet reported on whispers suggesting that while Tahiti was the favourite among olympic planners, IOC Chief, Thomas Bach wasn’t backing a site 15,000km from the heart of the games. 

French hosting rivals have also argued that the immense distance goes against recent promises of staging a more environmentally responsible games.

Officials fired back arguing that the small number of athletes (24 men, 24 women) and mere 1,500 expected spectators would ensure the event’s carbon footprint would be minimal.

So now that the precedent has been set, it's time to speculate on LA 2028. What’ll it be? Huntington drivel, gentle runners at the ’Bu or, dare we say it, a precious metal Pipeline shootout?


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Blowin Sunday, 15 Dec 2019 at 5:38pm

The whole Olympic thing is starting to seem even more stretched and desperate I reckon.

No genuine allegiance towards the nations that the surfers are representing in enough cases to make it an exercise in cynicism , the event itself to be held half a world away at an entirely seperate venue from the host nation.

It’s just a rebranded World Cup when we’ve already got a world championship tour and another sub layer of ISA nonsense.

Marketing hoax.

On a side note , I bet Toledo is now quietly stoked he didn’t make the Brazilian team.

Good news for the Aussie team though....Aussie , Aussie , Aussie !

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jetson.rover Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 12:31am

Toledo would be spewing he didn't make the olympic team as it's Japan next year he's missed.
2023 is the qualifying year for olympics 2024 if the current format sticks.
He should be a world champ by then but if he still hasn't grown the gonads required for Chopes if it gets a macking swell at the time he could always pass his place on to the 3 highest placed Brazzo on tour the year before.

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bipola Sunday, 15 Dec 2019 at 7:05pm

whats the problem, build another wave pool and hold it in Paris. that seems to be the way of the future

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simba Sunday, 15 Dec 2019 at 7:37pm

Thats great news for equal opportunity too now the womens will be on equal terms....something they have been wanting for quite some time........

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Blowin Sunday, 15 Dec 2019 at 7:53pm

By 2024 there’ll be chicks who are Chopes specialists .

Unfortunately, they probably won’t qualify so it could well be rounds of girls who won comps in Malaysia and Tullamarine.

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Numbatt Sunday, 15 Dec 2019 at 11:23pm

Never fear!!!
I’ll save Josie Pendergast!

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rooftop Sunday, 15 Dec 2019 at 11:56pm

It's worth zooming in on the face in that shot.

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scottishsponger Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 10:28pm

It was. He looks like he’s just evacuated his bowels.

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jetson.rover Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 12:24am

So there could be a bunch of guys that are more known for smaller beach break and point break conditions (most CT events) than bigger heavier waves that qualify in 2023 then Chopes gets a bomb swell during the olympics and most of the conpetitors are in their heats either avoiding sets or displaying massive amounts of tentativeness.
In 4 years time if things are still similar to now regarding the top guys then just give the gold medal to JJF or Medina now.
They'd probably be the only guys right now i can think of based on recent consistant form and ability at big chopes and similar waves.
Give the bronze to Slater if he was somehow there for it at 52 years old on current scenarios too.
Having said this and knowing where it'll be held, perhaps it should be more of an invitation event for guys that specialize in such waves.
It'd make for a better contest (and TV viewing) i'm sure.

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Dan87 Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 1:54pm

Umm, O Dawg!? Plus plenty of others who can compete with those two when chopes is firing!

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jetson.rover Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 7:52pm

So you think Toledo,Jordy and Ferriera are in the same league in a big Chopes swell then as the 3 aforementioned guys?
Yeah ok then.
Sure there are plent of others that could compete.
But most of those guys won't be there because they won't have qualified through being consistant enough through all the CT events the year before or won't be in the top 2 of their country.
The Billabong Pro is much better it's every year and a lot more guys that charge it are there than will be for a one off olympic event.

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Dan87 Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 8:44pm

Dude. O dawg. Owen Wright. Look him up... Basically always top 10 and usually kills it at chopes.

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jetson.rover Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019 at 3:34pm

Will he be in the top 2 Aussies in another 4 years that qualify?
You're not getting the point.
I was mentioning guys that are consistantly in the top 2 of their country based on the last few years.
Owen Wright is some years and definitely hasn't been at others.
Him and Julian Wilson would definitely be the 2 Aussies for Australia on their comp histories at Chopes, but both of them have nothing on the other guys for competitive consistancy year in year out.
The point isn't who the best surfers for there are.
It's irrelevant if they aren't in the top 2 of their country.
Other surfers that aren't near as good could be there because they qualified through better results at all the smaller wave CT's on tour the year before.
Getting it now?

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Island Bay Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 6:28am

Lots of waves in Tahiti. Sure they'll run it at Teahupoo?

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indo-dreaming Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 9:06am

Just glad they picked Tahiti and not somewhere in Indo outside of Bali, this kind of focus could have put mainstream focus on an area.

IMHO dodged a bullet there, because the tourism departments anywhere would be frothing on this type of exposure.

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david 24 Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 9:54am

What part of Indo is French? You’re keeping Indo secret is a joke, the cat is well out of the bag

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Blowin Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 10:16am

Well said !

There’s certainly no secrets or overlooked areas amongst those 17000 islands !

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jetson.rover Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 8:32pm

Those secrets and overlooked areas are too fickle and inconsistant to hold a surf comp.
Nearly all the breaks that are consistant and were secret/semi secret and overlooked now have numerous losmens, many foreign owned now, and constant streams of surfers from everywhere coming and going.
Even most B grade waves too.
That's what i've seen in nearly 30 years of all the reliable decent quality spots.
Still a few good spots that can turn on here and there in between the winds usually wrong or swell mostly doesn't get in enough or most of the tide range is wrong or sections too much or usually too fast a wave etc etc.
But as i said, Indo and good consistsnt reliable wave equals totally done.

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eel Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 11:05am

What are you talking about? Indo has nothing to do with France. It was never going to be held there.

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indo-dreaming Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 1:25pm

Ha ha...Ok that was a stupid comment...

I didnt make the obvious connection, I didn't even read the article properly just skimmed over the article and typed the first thing that came into my head.

Im guilty as charged on this one.

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jetson.rover Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 8:19pm

Better get worried if they one day hold the olympics in Jakarta then lol.
It'd be in Bali or G land anyway.
But yeah no need to worry i think.
Tahiti itself will be more a chance of hosting the whole olympics than Jakarta ever would.

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bill-poster Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 10:10am

You beat me to it - what does Indonesia have to do with Paris Olympics??

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garyg1412 Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 11:40am

Could be Indo got mixed up between Paris and Amsterdam

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carmo-dee Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 1:29pm

Would love to see it go code red

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truebluebasher Monday, 16 Dec 2019 at 10:05pm

ISA Maths Book (Olympics 4 day event with 8 day max window)
4 man heats > 5 man heats > Man on Man > > > Bronze >Gold

July 18-21, 2019 Ready Steady Tokyo (Games Trial Mens /Womens Event)
Hold Ups: (Smog slowed Day 1 + Turtle Nesting in front of Judges)
Advantages: 3 beach breaks opened up 3 usable comp sites.
This affords the Event to better time the best waves for finals day
Organisers : Learn to be flexible and be ready to cover the whole beach.

Say Reef ... Say Lay Day! Every year after year & 2019 //// 2024 no different...

Aug 21-Sept 1, 2019 Teahupoo (Men only event)
Pros: No women competing allowed men folk to work on Golf swing.
Cons: First 3 days were Lay days. (No back up breaks near-by)
Organisers: Event finished on 8th day with 3 days to spare.

Dec 8-20, 2019 Pipe Masters
Pros : Backdoor compensated for Pipe + (Throw to (m/w) Jaws comp)
Cons : 2 of 7 days surfed in Title Event + Not a good advert for new Olympic Sport.
Organisers: Still got 5 days without Chick hassles...don't see the problem?

ISA Tahiti deal is to Fly out day 7 (forfeit day 8 on plane) 6 days in Games village.
WSL can't complete any 2019 Mens only Reef Comp in required Olympic time...
Meaning there won't be any time for Women to surf Teahupoo.

ISA / WSL example only a beach break can host m/w/p Olympics Comp in 4-8 days.

Tahiti Surf Boss: We can now do stuff for the Chix.
(Teahupoo has 20% wave capacity of rival French sites) Not remotely an option!

Note WSL prioritise shoulder to block inside run...(Olympics boss #1 inside priority).
Each wave is surfed deeper to decide winner...Olympics are too heavy for Teahupoo!
tbb reckons ISA /WSL will water down Olympic comp format for Teahupoo Pro Men.

ISA Femlin Justine : (The Chix will surf equally powerful Teahupoo).
The consensus is that the women be allowed to vote, not have it thrust upon them.
Stab: "Should the Women have an Event at Teahupoo, too?" (No spoilers)

13 Dec 2019 Beachgrit Article touches on Women & Teahupoo.
Step by Step... doesn't sound like they signed off on Olympic Deal.
'Feed some Chix to the beast, that should ward off native uprising'.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019 at 12:38am

[R.I.P} Tahiti.
If any are still in doubt of ISA/WSL crossing over to the Dark Side. (Read on...)

11th Dec 2019 Michel Bourez qualified for Olympics as Tahitian to represent France.
Instantly a vast history of WSL Tahitian / Pacific surfing results were wiped clean.
No Tahitian has ever competed in WSL competitions. Ever! ...go ask France.

Vahine also Qualified and Women's Tahitian / Pacific Surf History is now also wiped.

Qualify for Olympics and have your Nationhood & Pacific Surf History wiped out.
So world surfing is on board with this whitewashing of Pacific Surf History.
Interesting to see if any surfer can ever again compete for Tahiti in world surfing.

Huge kick in the Guts...tbb requests surfers to stand up to these Bullies.
ISA rocked the Cradle of Surfing then rolled it over the falls, now part of the reef.

Sorry gromz but WSL has a habit of sanitising Surf History [press here] Nation gone!
WSL recently gifted Japan a whole fake surf history & for Brazil too's all fake now!

Start Comp as Tahitian before comp ends you could be French, Dolphin or The Sun!

Relax! No evil wave pools...Olympic surfing is being held in the South of France. OK!

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jetson.rover Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019 at 3:41pm

It's pretty much the same thing as Hawaii and USA.
Just not called a state but an overseas territory.
Well France don't even have any mainland born and bred French surfing at the olympics anyway, Michel Boures from Tahiti and Jeremy Flores from Reunion Island.

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truebluebasher Thursday, 26 Dec 2019 at 2:23pm

MB competed as Tahitian & qualified as Tahitian with a beret.

WSL surfers forever record competing against Tahitian MB.
eg: 2018 (Wiki)- True Tahitian Comp history is maintained...

(Note: France denies Tahiti Rugby status to harvest players).

eg: 2018 WSL - Fake MB Comp History is rewritten as French.

Pacific Groms are now branded liars by teachers @ WSL Uni.
Mayors lie about exotic Pro Surfers that once rode thru Town.
French Taxman fines French Pro MB for 5 years back Tax

US Olympic Team allows Carrisa to keep WSL Hawaiian History
Carrisa continues to compete as WSL - ISA Hawaiian Pro ...

Olympics deny Tahitians to compete in WSL-ISA as Tahitian Pros.
Tahitian heivas the Pipe then frog leaps back door as a Frenchie.
In what world is that considered normal? Can't make this shit up!

France hire Olympic Goons ISA/WSL to quell Pacific uprising.
Only Tahitians go missing in Olympic sized Teahupoo Triangle?
2024 France wins Surfing Gold Medal + All South Pacific Islands.

P.S. (Many will know the politics of Olympic Rule 41)
Olympic Charter Rule 41: Nationality of Competitors
WSL Tahitians competed in Regional / Continental Games
WSL needed to scrub at least 3 years of Tahitian Heritage
History swipe excuses WSL surfers to compete for new Nations
WSL duty to entry rules...but real surf history can't change
WSL Surf files are now a guide & no longer true Comp records.
Olympic inclusion comes at at a price...Dishonesty & corruption!

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Vince Neil Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019 at 3:59pm

Filipe should give up on the world title already and do a Rob Machado. He'd have to have it in the bag well before Pipe and Messers Medina, Ferrara and Florence will have something to say about that
Olympics and test cricket - your days are numbered...who wants to watch gymnasts on a mat when you can watch them doing stuff that's death defying on a super ramp?

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stunet Thursday, 5 Mar 2020 at 8:55am

Teahupoo confirmed...


In Olympic news, the Games are pulling into Teahupoo in four years.

Paris 2024, the organizing committee for the Olympic Games, has reported that the International Olympic Committee has approved Teahupoo as the venue for surfing in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

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truebluebasher Thursday, 5 Mar 2020 at 5:24pm

Thanks Stu!
The cost blowout for apprentice Surfie's Club Med Junket is mind boggling...
Olympic Surfers resource 2 different Hemispheres / 2 different Oceans
Trash 4 different Accommodation Settings + World's #1 expensive long haul Flight.

Teahupoo Village is built just for surfers.

Village is then dismantled...

Village is Rebuilt elsewhere...
Total: Requiring 2 separate site clearings, double transit & triple power / labor bill.

Surfer's Check in to Sky High premium Air France 24hr Stasis Pods (Tahiti -France)
(July) Peak Season Tahiti -France Skyrockets > $10,000 econ' -Bed- $20,000 (each) .
Some swear this is world's most expensive flight...

South Pacific jetset Surfers then party on at Olympic Le Beach Club Med Village.

We came, We Surfed, We Sucked Planet dry...(Wish you were here yesterday!)
Here's yer hefty bill for around the world Olympic Monopoly reality TV snacks.
So Long & thanks for all the Lobster Thermador.

WSL carbon footprint is 50x more before Olympics Games (Need a new Planet now)
Surfers are not very sportsmanlike! More like gum stuck to Colonialist's Whiteshoes.

PS: $Gazillion Surf Comp on "French soil"...has the backing of the World...(Priceless!)

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truebluebasher Thursday, 5 Mar 2020 at 6:53pm

Olympic Surfers have sworn to 7 day min France Olympic Village experience.
Tahiti - France Flight (24hrs) that leaves 6 days maximum for M/W Tahiti Comp.

Reef breaks are known for Lay Days (2019-WSL Reef Comps run way over 6 days)
M/W Olympic Heats+(Tribute) number about the same as WSL Teahupoo men (only).

However! Olympics have promised extra wait time (Day?) for a Safe Women's event!
IOC/ ISA /WSL can't argue that Teahupoo could 50/50 wrap M/W Comp in 6 days.
Any mobile French Beaches with standard 3 A Frames could promise more certainty.
In fact 3 standard Tokyo A frames wrapped Trial Comp in a Lazy 4 days. (Proven)

Olympic Inside Priority
WSL blocks deep inside surfing by rewarding priority shoulder hopping & dropping.
Olympic Surfing is much more hectic & dangerous...dare say deadly at Teahupoo.
4/5 Olympians paddle battle into the Heart of Teahupoo to gain deepest priority.

tbb believes that first the Women then Men will cower back to wimpy WSL format.
Calling it now! WSL surfers ain't no Olympians...They are rusted on shoulder hoppers!
None really believe 5 WSL surfers will push deeper'n'deeper into the Gold Mine.
In fact, they may even change the rules prior to Tokyo for a get outta jail free card.

Surfing Royalty are guarding the secret Blood Lust Sacrifices for the Ruling Colony.
Organisers must know, to host this Comp they need to tear up Olympic Rule Book.
Now! One wonders if they hid likely rule change, thereby corrupting the bid!

Wait a week for wave then you're all in too deep...(Sharks smell the blood from here!)
This ain't WSL Toto...ain't no place like...Viva la France!

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thermalben Monday, 23 Mar 2020 at 4:27pm

The Guardian reporting:

"It is official – Australia will not be sending a team to the Olympics if it is held this year. It is instead planning towards having the games hosted (in Japan) in 2021."

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Remigogo Monday, 23 Mar 2020 at 6:08pm

I am really surprised thinking a wave pool incorporated into Olympics was future for sure.
Is France surf that fickle?

Or are the titties and budgy smugglers in onshore camera angles too scary for young viewers?

Very strange an Olympic event held miles away from the main.

There goes the opportunity to add ocean distance swimming to Olympics for now.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022 at 10:48am

24th Sept 2022 ISA WSG Huntington Beach (Note: Kanoa's stomping ground!)

Paris 2024 Mount Olympus first 2 Qualifiers

Team USA (#1 Kirra Pinkerton) 2 Pauline Ado 3 Sally Fitzgibbons (Urukandjis) Team 2nd

Team Japan (#1 Kanoa Igarashi) 2 Rio Waida 3 Jackson Baker (Urukandjis) Team 5th

Olympic Medalist Kanoa is crowned the First Dual Olympic Surfer

Team Oz harnessed White Lightning to power up The Urukandjis for an Electrifying Finish.
WSG Team Oz finished with Silver behind Home Town rivals Team USA (1st team win since 2009).

2024 Olympic Qualifications Format

WSL 2023 Top 10
ISA *2022 ( Above ) & 2024 (NOC nominate Winning Teams surfer of choice)
ISA 2023 Continental Drifterz (Highest Ranked Africa / Asia / Europe / Oceania /
ISA 2024 Highest Ranked 5 Men / 7 Women

Pan Am 2023 (America's #1 Man #1 Woman)

Host Nation France (WSL Man +WSL Woman) If both qualified + 2 highest Ranked ISA 2024

Universality Place 1 man + 1 Woman from developing Nation/s





Jap Pack

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truebluebasher Sunday, 16 Oct 2022 at 3:44pm

9-12th Nov 2021 OCOG Initial Inspection with "contact" M.Bourez & J.Flores.
11th-21st Aug 2022 Tahiti Pro
11th -16th Aug 2022 OCOG Prez Tony Estanguet's long planned visit.

No development work has been undertaken in Tahiti for Surfing Olympics.
Tahiti proposed Olympic upgrades...(No Paralympics)
*Surfing is lamest bog standard laughable sporting Cheap Seat or ( EUR 24 ) $37.65c
*Teahupoo 1,500 capacity ( Unsure if this is VIP reef gouging or Beach side Screen / Stands )
*24 m/w Surfers (8 more than Tokyo)
*Integrate Opening Ceremony / Live Games within the site
*Compact Games fever theme by Surfing during the First week of Games
*Teahupoo Comp Site ~ Power Supply + Water Purification
*Teahupoo Marina Upgrade
*Puunui 200 bed Hotel, Taravao will be refurbished for Olympians/Officials...
*Hotel is 13km from Comp Site... (Sorry! No relocatable Eco Huts!)
*Alternate Cruise Ship will be available if Hotel works are delayed.

Locals have been left out for 2 years & are slow to warm to Olympics
Abandoned [Locals Only] Olympic Projects
*Teahupoo Public Beach Bridge > Remains 4wd access only!
*Single (Dual Direction) Road not be widened to 2 way.
*Single Direction Road will be reserved exclusively for Games Vehicles. (No Locals!)

26th July - 11th Aug 2024 Paris Olympics
27th -29th July 2024 Olympic Surfing Tahiti.

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bbbird Sunday, 16 Oct 2022 at 6:47pm

Hopefully its not too big, so we can watch great surfing

XL Teahupoo "not a day to play games" 1m22s Billy Kemper July 2022

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 7 Dec 2022 at 9:18pm

30th Nov Paris Olympic Ticketing (First Phase) is open but not for Surfers...Huh!

Crew get an Icky feeling that Surfing is Jet setting from Cheapest Olympic Seat to Club Med VIP Only.

There are no Olympic Surfing Tickets! (Really!) Crew can read for yourselves!
Sacre bleu!

Ok! Let's not Panic...French Love Aussies & have given Aussie Surfers many options...

Can choose from...

*Surfing Venue to be Confirmed, City to be Confirmed? ( tbb : Lock this one in as yer best option! )

Aussie Games site has some better News...
30th Nov - 31st Jan 2023 Registration (Up to 30 Tickets)
March-May 2023 Single Ticket Lottery
May 2023 Tickets > Opening / Closing Ceremonies
*Surfing Tickets will go on sale at a Later Date...(Hmm! That's also not a bad option!)
Autumn 2023 Paralympic Games Tickets

*Surfing in Tahiti ( Has > NO TICKET BOX ) Ok! That's still looking positive also! (Tough Choice!)

* Tickets for Surfing will NOT be SOLD...( This deal sounds real Tempting! )

* Tickets for Surfing cannot be Reserved...( That should win over the crew! )

#1 swellnet exclusive Ticket Box gives crew the most affordable options for 2024 Olympic Surfing.
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