July 1 - July 14, 2023 / TEAHUPO’O, TAHITI
The International Surfing Association (ISA), in cooperation with Olympic Solidarity will host an Athlete Training Camp (ATC) in Teahupo’o, Tahiti – the Olympic venue- in the lead up to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Given the unique nature of this venue, the ATC is an important athlete development initiative to provide accessibility and knowledge for under resourced/underexperienced athletes with limited opportunity to gain expertise at Teahupo’o.

This program is imperative to provide athletes and their NOC/NFs the opportunity to gain education, preparation, and training in order to safely compete and potentially qualify for Teahupo’o prior to the Olympic Games.

Total of 12 athletes will be selected for participation: One athlete per gender per continent (5 men; 5 women) and one per gender per potential universality place (1 man; 1 woman).

The focus for the ATC will be on continental representation and universality with selection priority given to qualified athletes and/or Olympic qualification hopefuls for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The results from the 2023 ISA World Surfing Games will serve as the primary benchmark for the selection criteria. The aim will be to select the top placing athlete per continent, as per Surfing’s Qualification System, so long as the athlete meets the qualification and eligibility criteria. The ISA reserves the right to select athletes at its discretion.
Individual athlete coaches will not be in attendance or participating at the ATC, no exceptions.
The ATC is for athletes only. We will be providing resources for knowledge transfer between the athletes and coaches following the ATC.

Check OS-eligible countries HERE >

Group 1: July 1-7 (6 athletes)
Group 2: 10-16 (6 athletes)
* ISA will select athlete groups at their discretion, taking into consideration athlete preference

– Local Surf Guide / Host – build skill level and knowledge both in and out of the water. Topics will include the following: safety considerations and materials, risk assessment, understanding the characteristics of Teahupo’o and the conditions that will be encountered, helmet safety, management of challenging conditions, video analysis from training sessions, and more.
– Water Patrol – provide water safety for athletes / education for jet-ski lift assistance for accessing wave and considerations, entry and exit from the wave/zones
– Boat Transport (including gas & driver) for 7 days
– Ground transportation from Airport in Tahiti to Teahupo’o accommodation Accommodation for 6 nights/7 days. – Shared room(s) with other athletes of same gender. Breakfast and dinner for 7 days (lunch not included)
Videographer documenting footage for video analysis

Olympic Solidarity Eligible: If the participating athlete is from a country eligible to receive Olympic Solidarity Funding (as per this list), participation costs for the ATC, including travel will be covered following an approval from the corresponding NOC. ISA Travel Agents will book flights for eligible participating athletes once their selection has been confirmed.

Athlete from Non-Olympic Solidarity Country: Athletes selected for participation who represent NOCs that are NOT eligible to receive Olympic Solidarity funding will be given the opportunity to participate at their own expenses. Costs to participate may be covered by the NOC, National Federation or the individual and the ISA will invoice accordingly. Fees to participate in this program are $3,500 USD + airfare.

ISA to announce program to National Federations with instructions to inform potentially eligible athletes and NOCs. Olympic Solidarity to communicate ATC to NOCs.

All 2023 ISA WSG athletes are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (click here) for participation in the ATC. Only 2023 ISA WSG athletes are eligible. As detailed below, the participating athletes will be officially notified following the conclusion of the 2023 ISA WSG.

Please watch the following videos where ISA Coaching Expert, Tereva David, covers equipment necessities and mental/physical exercises to aid athletes in necessary preparation for the ATC, should they eventually participate.


JUNE 2023
Week of June 12: Following conclusion of 2023 ISA WSG, ISA to confirm participating athletes. Athletes will have three days following their selection to confirm their participation in the program.
June 16 (TBC): Pre-Camp Training call with ISA, Local Surf Guide/Camp Host and all participants. Topics to be covered on call:

  • ISA will review purpose of ATC, legacy, responsibility to share knowledge for others to build up systems for the future.
  • Pre-camp necessities: what equipment (boards/accessories) are required for conditions, review swell forecast
    à Training and nutrition to prepare (endurance, strength, balance, flexibility, injury prevention and mental training)
  • How to prepare for travel (hydration, jetlag, food on travel days)
  • ISA to record pre-camp training to be able to share in the future

Group 1: July 1-7; Group 2: July 10 – 16
Over the course of the 7 days, athletes will work first-hand with local experts to build skill level and knowledge both in and out of the water. Topics will include the following:

  • Safety considerations and materials
  • Risk assessment
  • Understanding the characteristics of Teahupo’o and the conditions that will be
  • Helmet use/safety
  • Jet-ski lift assistance for accessing the wave and considerations
  • Entry and exit from the wave/zones
  • Swell direction
  • Management of challenging conditions
  • Video analysis from training sessions
  • More

The ISA and participating athletes will document a variety of topics throughout the ATC in order to create a legacy and provide follow-up transfer of knowledge within the national and international surfing community. The highlights will be showcased in the following ways:

  • Highlight Videos
  • Recorded athlete webinars
  • Knowledge transfer between athletes and corresponding NFs + NOCs
  • Teahupo’o Overview Video

Stay tuned for more information.

All 2023 ISA WSG athletes are invited to submit an Expression of Interest > for participation in the ATC.

All Expression of Interests must be received by the closing of 2023 ISA WSG to be considered for participation.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact [email protected]

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