Paris Olympics scales back new surf tower in Tahiti

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A surfer rides a wave during the Tahiti Pro surfing competition, a test event for the Paris 2024 Olympics Games in Teahupo’o, French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023.

LE PECQ, France — Organizers of next year’s Paris Olympics are scaling back the metal tower they plan to build for judges and television cameras at the picture-perfect surfing venue in Tahiti. They’re bowing to concerns on the French Polynesian island about damage to sea life and its majestic Teahupo’o wave.