International Surfing Association Inaugurates the First-Ever Olympic Training Program at Teahupo’o in Anticipation of the 2024 Paris Games

Published 07/06/2023, 7:35 AM EDT

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Ever since the sport of Surfing became an integral part of the Olympics, it garnered a hoard full of recognition worldwide. Now, as the 2024 Paris Olympics became a much-anticipated event among fans, Tahiti is all set to host the 2024 surfing competitions. Now, just the year shy of the commencement of the Olympics games, Teahupo’o’s big waves invited the surfers for training in its turquoise waters.

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Though many athletes are unfamiliar with the exacting barrels of the Teahupo’o, Tahiti has decided to conduct its first-ever Olympic training program.

ISA Olympic training program at Teahupo’o

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In the wake of the Paris Olympics 2024, the international surfing association has decided to set up a training camp. To make the athletes familiar with the condition and waves of the ocean, this training is carried out by the Olympics authorities. The montage is to be conducted at Teahupo’o, a village on the southeastern coast of Tahiti.

 

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The training event is being conducted from 1st July 2023 to 16th of July. Those athletes who have either qualified or have a chance to qualify are called for training. The training will be conducted in two separate batches. The first batch will train from 1st July till 7th July and its participants are Alan Cleland (MEX), Bryan Perez (ESA), Candelaria Resano (NCA), Saffi Vette (NZL), and Shino Matsuda (JPN).

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The second batch will train from 10th July to 16th July and its participants are Billy Stairmand (NZL), Cody Young (CAN), Lucca Mesinas (PER), Sol Aguirre (PER), Leilani McGonagle (CRC), and Tiara van der Huls (NED). The athletes will be trained by local pro surfer Tereva David.

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After confirmation of the venue for the Paris Olympics, many voices were raised concerning the athlete’s familiarity with the conditions. Because, according to experts, very few athletes have the ability or experience to handle the Teahupo’o waves. During that summer, the waves reach 20 to 30 feet, making it difficult to surf.

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Experience and prior knowledge are required to handle the power of such waves. In view of these concerns, the ISA is conducting the training camp. Among the athletes, only Saffi, Billy and Shino have already qualified for the Olympics, others have chances to qualify when they appear in Pan American Games in the coming October.

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