The International Surfing Association (ISA) today welcomes and fully supports the IOC Executive Board’s approval of the French Polynesia island of Tahiti as the location for Paris 2024’s Olympic Surfing competition.
The world-renowned reef break, Teahupo’o, is recognised for its world-class waves and guarantees both spectators and athletes an exceptional competition.
During the competition the athletes’ village will be made up of temporary modular houses which will be dismantled after the competition, among other initiatives, to ensure the Games are sustainable and the impact on the environment is minimised.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“We worked closely with the Paris 2024 leadership team on selecting a host location for the surfing competitions. Tahiti was truly exceptional in offering the athletes, and our sport, spectacular conditions for optimal competition.”
“For surfing, Teahupo’o is a sacred place, rich in history and tradition and offering a truly authentic surfing experience, whilst paying homage to the culture and heritage of the sport.”
“Tahiti as the Olympic venue is testimony to Paris 2024’s spirit of creativity and innovation. Surfing is a sport for the new era of the Games and this approach by Paris 2024 demonstrates how our values are aligned.”
“We are fully committed to ensuring sustainability and ocean conservation around the venue and preserving the beautiful surroundings of the island, whilst respecting the needs of the local population. The Games will leave a legacy of sustainability that adapts to the site – not the contrary – factoring in economic, social, and environmental perspectives.”
“Together with our friends and partners at the Paris 2024 Organising Committee and the French Surfing Federation, we look forward to now ensuring we take advantage of this amazing opportunity to showcase the best our sport has to offer and build on the success and legacy of our Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.”