Let’s set the scene. The ocean is calm at the surface. Several dozen boats filled with spectators, team members, support staff and photographers sit in a deep water channel at the bottom of a perfect reef pass.
Two surfers sit on the shallow reef, waiting. Then it happens. They come out of the deep water on the horizon. Huge walls of water approach the reef and the two surfers jostle each other to position themselves. These waves are the height of a two-story building and sound like the thunder of lightning, so close that there is no time between the flash and the bang.
I guarantee that if you are one of those onlookers at the bottom of the reef, your heart is in your mouth. You almost certainly have never seen anything like it before.
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Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Owen Wright is one of the surfers, Gabrielle Medina the other. Welcome to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games website. The wave known as Teahupoo, which means âend of the roadâ in Tahitian.
The previously described moment was the 2019 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Wright beats Medina, like in Japan, but it’s for a trophy not for the medal.
Fans of Australia’s Irukandjis surf team on their way to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will love this one. âBig Oâ has finished no worse than the quarter-finals in their last seven starts at Teahupoo and intends to improve on that for the second Olympic Surfing Games.
âI’m really confident in my abilities at Teahupoo. I have a really strong record in all conditions so I’m going to support myself anyway no matter how big the waves are today,â Wright said in an exclusive interview. .
Japan was awesome, Japan was exciting, but for the average viewer, these upcoming Games have the potential to explode surfing to levels never seen before if Tahiti’s “Teahupoo” delivers a mind-blowing long-lasting swell event like we have seen it in the past.
âThe wave can be intimidating if you don’t have the right frame of mind,â Wright said.
âIt’s all about confidence in one’s own abilities and support when the right wave hits. Having won an event there in the past, I’m only looking for one thing if I can qualify for Paris 2024, and that’s a gold medal.”
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