Paris 2024: schedule of events, history, athletes, surfing at the Olympic Games

Published by Graziella de Sortiraparis · Published on June 13th, 2024 at 11:55 a.m.
Paris 2024 and its Olympic Games are an opportunity for the general public to get acquainted with less traditional sports. Learn more about surfing, an additional sport: its history, where to practice it, our best athletes and the program of events!

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games represent a unique opportunity for sports enthusiasts, as well as those wishing to discover this world, to take part in a major sporting celebration lasting several weeks. This competition is arousing both enthusiasm and apprehension among the French, and promises to be particularly spectacular.

In 2024, four sports will be added to the more traditional disciplines of the Olympic Games, and Sortir à Paris invites you to find out more about them, so you can understand everything on D-day! Every month, we'll be bringing you a little-known sport from the general public, right up to the deadline in July 2024. Today, we're taking a closer look at surfing, an exceptional water sport that originated in the islands.

A brief history

Surfing is an ancestral practice that originated in Polynesia, particularly Hawaii, as far back as the 15th century. Polynesian surfers used solid wooden boards carved from native trees such as koa or wiliwili, and practiced"he'e nalu", which means"to glide over the waves". Over the centuries, surfing spread throughout the world, and champions helped popularize the sport by organizing demonstrations around the globe. New types of boards have also helped make surfing more accessible to the general public.

In the 1950s and 1960s, surfing became a symbol of American youth culture, then a competitive sport with the organization of numerous championships around the world, such as the World Surf League Championship, which attracts professional surfers to many of the world's coastal regions. In competition, surfers perform maneuvers and tricks on the waves, scored by judges according to their variety, the type of trick performed and its difficulty, as well as the surfer's speed, power and flow.

Surfing at the 2024 Olympic Games

  • Teahupo'o, on the island of Tahiti, 75 km from Papeete
  • Women's/Men's Shortboard
  • July 27-29
  • 600 standing places
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In the history of the Olympic Games

As early as the 1920s, some people were campaigning for surfing to be included in the Olympic program, such as Duke Kahanamoku, a Hawaiian athlete and three-time Olympic freestyle champion, and one of the pioneers of world surfing. However, it was not until the Tokyo 2021 Games that surfing made its first appearance as an additional sport. It will be present for the second time at Paris 2024, when Tahiti and its mythical Teahupo'o spot have been chosen to host the events, in order to associate overseas France with the competition.

Our French athletes

For Paris 2024, 48 athletes will be selected: 24 women and 24 men, with a maximum of 6 per country. As host country, France will automatically receive two places. 18 athletes will qualify via the WSL CT 2023 ranking, 10 following the ISA World Surfing Games 2023 and the Pan-American Games 2023, and 12 at the ISA World Surfing Games 2024. Japan and the USA already secured their first quotas last year in Huntington Beach.

The Americans, Australians, Hawaiians and Brazilians, who have been well placed in the rankings for several decades, should be particularly wary. On the French side, we can expect to see the excellent Johanne Defay shine, who has already qualified. Vahine Fierro, Pauline Ado and Tessa Thyssen also have a good chance. On the men's side, Jérémy Florès and Michel Bourez have given way to the new generation, so Tim Bisso, Gatien Delahaye, Mihimana Braye and Maxime Huscenot are all to be reckoned with.

Where to surf in Paris Region

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The Paris Olympic program

Saturday, July 27
  • 19:00 - Men, round 1
  • 23:48 - Women, round 1
  • 19:00 - Women, round 2
  • 23:48 - Men, round 2
Monday, July 29th
  • 19 :00 - Men, round 3
  • 23:48 - Women, round 3
Tuesday, July 30th
  • 19:00 - Men, quarter-finals
  • 21:24 - Women, quarter-finals
  • 23:48 - Men, semi-finals
Wednesday, July 31st
  • 01:00 - Women, semi-finals
  • 02:12 - Men, bronze medal match 🥇
  • 02:53 - Women, bronze medal match 🥇
  • 03:34 - Men, gold med. match 🥇
  • 04:15 - Women, gold med. match 🥇
Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From July 27th, 2024 to July 31th, 2024

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