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Save The Waves Statement on the 2024 Olympic Development at Teahupo’o

The surf ecosystem of Teahupo’o must be protected.

Save The Waves stands with the local community members of Teahupo’o and the Vai ara o Teahupo’o Assocation’s position against the Olympic Committee’s proposed aluminum judges tower. Teahupo’o’s fragile surf ecosystem is made up of live reefs, a lagoon, and a freshwater stream. All of these elements combine to create the world-class waves at Teahupo’o. 

We’re calling on the Olympic Committee to consider alternatives to the current plan in order to avoid irrevocable damage to one of the most beautiful surf ecosystems on earth. “Surfing in the Olympics should be a celebration of tremendous athletes, engaging with a natural environment. If you damage that natural environment all for the show and for development dollars, it’s completely antithetical to what surfing is about.” – Nik Strong-Cvetich, CEO of Save The Waves. 

We urge the Olympic Committee to listen to the local community and use the temporary wooden judges tower that has been used for years by the WSL. 

Take Action: Support the Teahupo’o communities efforts to protect their surf ecosystem by signing the petition at https://chng.it/mVLqCBBWwd

 

Photo: Ryan “Chachi” Craig

 

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