Summer Olympics Are In Paris, But Surfing Comp Will Be 9,700 Miles Away In Tahiti

Surfer Amuro Tsuzuki, of Japan, walks off Tsurigasaki beach after a practice session at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Ichinomiya, Japan, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • The host city for the 2024 Summer Olympics is Paris, but the surfing competition will be in Tahiti, nearly 10,000 miles away.
  • Waves in Tahiti are some of the biggest and most beautiful in the world.
  • The decision to hold Olympic surfing in French Polynesia next July will require competitors to surf some of the world’s biggest waves.
  • In the most recent Olympics summer games, in Tokyo in 2021, waves on Tsurigasaki Beach were sometimes modest and less than ideal for dramatic sports TV.