Surfing Activists Defeated; Teahupo’o Aluminum Tower Confirmed for Paris 2024 Olympics

by Miles
0 comment

The fight, as it were, appears to be over.

Surfing activists who, over the past few months, have rallied against a proposed aluminum judges’ tower to be installed in the reef at Teahupo’o, Tahiti, the site for surfing in the Paris 2024 Olympics, have lost; the suits have won; the reef is doomed.

The news dropped on Wednesday, during which the chief organizer for the Paris 2024 Games essentially said, yeah, we hear your protests, but we don’t care. We’re building the tower anyway. Your precious reef be damned.

Officially, here’s what Paris 2024 president Tony Estanguet on Wednesday (per Reuters):

“This is an option that had been looked into but it had been discarded because it would mean the events being judged from a 900-meter distance.

“We can’t broadcast like this in good conditions and in terms of sporting fairness, it would be a problem. Events have always been judged from a tower.

“Tahiti asked to host the surfing events and we will continue to work with all stakeholders to make it happen.”

The “option” Estanguet is referring to came from the International Surfing Association (ISA), which functions as surfing’s Olympic surfing body, and their opposition to the aluminum tower and proposed alternatives, such as judging from the beach, utilizing cameras on boats in the channel, and drone technology.

But the Paris 2024 Olympic machine said: non.

According to a report from France24, the tower will be finished by May 13th, just ahead of the World Surf League Championship Tour’s Shiseido Tahiti Pro – a dress rehearsal, of sorts, for the new metallic monster on the reef at Chopes.

Will the protests continue? Olympic boycotts?

Stay tuned. 

***

Don’t miss another headline from SURFER! Subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Instagram, and stay connected with the latest happenings in the world of surfing. We’re always on the lookout for amusing, interesting and engaging surf-related videos to feature on our channels.

Whether you’re a professional surfer or just an amateur, we want to see your best footage and help you share it with the world. Submit your video for a chance to be featured on SURFER and our social channels. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch high-quality surf videos.

This post was originally published on this site

You may also like

VarialTV is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Learn more

VarialTV  All Right Reserved.  Copyright 2023.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

>

Adblock Detected

Please support us by disabling your AdBlocker extension from your browsers for our website.