Barge For Olympics Tower Strikes Teahupoo Reef
"The nightmare has started."
The message may be a little heavy on the melodrama but it's true that news out of Teahupoo has gone from bad to worse. After first having their new judging tower rejected, then finding similar opposition to their "sober" compromised design, Olympic organisers pressed ahead only to have the barge used to build the controversial tower get stuck on the coral reef.
According to Save Teahupoo, the local group fighting the tower, "the authorities had planned to take the associations on the barge tomorrow to show us how it works, but instead they went there today without us."
Even without Save Teahupoo aboard, the cameras were rolling, Teahupoo is a busy place after all, and they captured the barge plough into a coral head, causing damage to boat and reef.
The optics ain't great, as they say in the business, and the horrified response spread quickly. The most notable coming from current Gold medal Olympian Carissa Moore who replied:
"This doesn't seem worth it."
A furious comment thread follows, one that's very heavy on the righteousness with claims for competing surfers, and even viewers, to boycott the Olympics.
Feels like this story has a while to run yet.