Surfing venue for Olympics could steal the show

Kauli Vaast / Via Associated Press Tahitian-born surfer Kauli Vaast films himself surfing on the world-famous Teahupo‘o wave in Tahiti in this undated screen grab. The 21-year-old is among athletes qualified for the Olympic surfing competition, which will be held next July at Teahupo‘o, as part of the 2024 Summer Games in Paris.

PARIS — The giant waves form in the storm belts of the Southern Ocean, off Antarctica, where whales roam. Supercharged by intense winds, the swells then roll on an ocean journey of thousands of kilometers (miles) to crash into Tahiti in the South Pacific.