The surfing venue for the Paris Olympics is on the other side of the world but could steal the show

This satellite photo provided by the NASA shows the southern part of the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, with the Olympic venue Teahupo'o at center on the southern coast. The surfing venue for next year's Paris Olympics is, in fact, nearly 16,000 kilometers, or 10,000 miles, away on the other side of the world. Tahiti's Teahupo'o wave was chosen because it is so fearsome. Its name in Tahitian means 'wall of skulls.' The venue also allows France to highlight its long historical ties to the South Pacific. (NASA's Earth Observatory via AP)

In this undated screen grab, Tahitian-born surfer Kauli Vaast films himself surfing on the world-famous Teahupo’o wave in Tahiti. The 21-year-old is among athletes qualified for the Olympic surfing competition that will be held next July at Teahupo’o, as part of the 2024 Summer Games in Paris.” (Kauli Vaast /via AP)

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.