Can drones solve the 2024 Summer Olympics surfing controversy?


While all eyes for the 2024 Summer Olympics appear to be on Paris, among the greatest debates is occurring on the other side of the world in Teahupo’o, Tahiti.

While every other Olympic occasion will be held either in Paris or in other places in France (for instance, cruising will be kept in the Mediterranean city of Marseille), browsing is set to happen in French Polynesia. The Tahitian browsing location is almost 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) and 10 time zones far from Paris. Which far place is showing to be among the greatest 2024 Summer Olympics debates.

According to authorities, the building of an evaluating tower is triggering damage to reef, as it ‘d involve an aluminum tower physically connected to the reef. Since of the individuality of the landscape at Teahupo’o where the browse breaks offshore, the 2024 Summer Olympics judges would need to remain over the water, according to the Associated Press.

In turn, that’s required the need of some sort of over-water evaluating platform. The structure of such a platform has actually triggered demonstrations in Tahiti and an online petition with more than 230,000 signatures.

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Teahupo’o, Tahiti is set to host the browsing part of the 2024 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Getty Images)

Organizers have actually been attempting numerous options, consisting of developing an alternative barge– which likewise harmed the coral. The French towns of Lacanau and La Torche in continental France (both of which are on the nation’s west coast versus the Atlantic Ocean) have actually likewise used to host browsing.

But there’s another service that might possibly keep the browsing part of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Tahiti: drones.

As first spotted by Drone DJ, a proposition by the International Surfing Association would rely greatly on drones for evaluating the 2024 Summer Olympics. The drones are defined in “Option B” in a file dated Dec. 9, 2023. As part of that proposition, judges would stay in a tower built on the land. They would have access to a view various electronic camera angles, consisting of a boom/crane or scissor lift cams. Those would be enhanced by cams shot on jetskis or boats, in addition to drones.

That design would permit 4 Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) plus 2 OBS boat electronic camera, by method of both Main Tower and lagoon views, in addition to jetski cams and drones supplying extra views. It would all permit “judges to have immediate or constant access to all possible OBS electronic camera angles, based on the existing strategy consisting of water/boat cams and drones,” according to the International Surfing Association’s report.

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A bird’s-eye view of Tahiti (Photo by Getty Images)

Unfortunately for both the pro-drone and ecological crowds in the meantime, however, it appears like strategies to construct the aluminum tower are still in movement. Paris 2024 president Tony Estanguet informed Reuters in a post released on Dec. 20 that the alternative to evaluate the 2024 Summer Olympics from the coast and rather count on other cams such as drones and cranes “had actually been disposed of since it would indicate the occasions being evaluated from a 900-meter range.”

“” We can’t transmit like this in excellent conditions and in regards to sporting fairness, it would be an issue,”he said to Reuters “Events have actually constantly been evaluated from a tower. Tahiti asked to host the browsing occasions and we will continue to deal with all stakeholders to make it occur.”

Perhaps Estanguet simply does not yet comprehend the power of drones. Or, he definitely may not understand innovation like the DJI Mavic 3’s 28x Hybrid Zoom, which gets the eyes far better to 900 meters than they even would in a tower.

Protests are anticipated to continue as the tower goes through building.

What do you believe should occur? Maybe the 2024 Summer Olympics can offer a chance for DJI to send out a totally free DJI Mavic 3 to Estanguet in a promotion stunt to both show the power of drones and conserve the reef? Leave a remark, and sign up for The Drone Girl for more day-to-day e-mail updates!


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