Confirmed: Paris backs Tahiti to host 2024 Olympics
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?