‘Ultimate Surfer’ Announced

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Breaking News, Surfing, Surfing News, WSL | 0 comments

WSL NEWS Wednesday, November 13, 2019 ABC today announced the network pickup of new competition series “Ultimate Surfer.” The eight-episode series will gather some of the world’s greatest up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the World Surf League’s (WSL) state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, powered by Kelly Slater’s man-made wave technology, in the hope of competing amongst the best athletes in the world’s fastest-growing sport. Production will begin in 2020 and an airdate will be announced later this season. Slater will serve as on-air talent and special correspondent for the show. Alliances and rivalries will be front and center in “Ultimate Surfer” as men and women compete in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the WSL World Tour, the pinnacle of professional surfing. Slater’s remarkable, one-of-a-kind, man-made wave – the most even playing field for measuring surf mastery – is at the heart of the series. “In addition to being a globally recognized sport, surfing is also a lifestyle; and ‘Ultimate Surfer’ will give viewers a uniquely personal look at what goes into becoming a world-class champion. We’re ecstatic about the opportunity to utilize Kelly’s world-class surf facility and his expertise in showcasing these incredibly talented on-the-rise athletes,” said Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night, ABC Entertainment. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for two surfers (one man, one woman) to win an opportunity to compete against the best surfers in the world on the WSL Tour,”said Slater, who will be the lead consultant for the series. “This will put some of the best up-and-comers against each other in a more direct way to see who stands above the rest, and Surf Ranch is obviously a great venue to use for ‘Ultimate Surfer.’ I’m excited to watch how they step up to the challenge.” The series comes out of the multiplatform co-development partnership between Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios, announced earlier this year. “Ultimate Surfer” is produced by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios. Pilgrim CEO and President Craig Piligian, WSL Studios President of Content and Media Erik Logan, and UFC President Dana White serve as executive producers. Surfers interested in being a contestant on the show must be 21 or older and can apply at www.UltimateSurferCasting.com, where more details are available. About Pilgrim Media GroupPilgrim Media Group, a Lionsgate company headed by Emmy®-winning producer Craig Piligian, produces a diverse slate of unscripted and scripted programming across all platforms. The company is behind hit series like “Ghost Hunters,” “American Chopper,” “Fast N’ Loud,” the “Street Outlaws” and “Wicked Tuna” franchises, “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” “Misfit Garage,” “Garage Rehab,” “Aaron Needs a Job,”...

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Damo Hobgood, Mick Corbett and More In Heavy Tube Action..

Posted by on Jul 21, 2018 in Spinksy's Blog, Surfing, Surfing News, Videos | 0 comments

This Volte Wetsuits outfit have really forged a clear taste when it comes to picking team riders – no nonsense fellas that can pack a tube. Damien Hobgood’s here, starring, to remind us how good he is in case we’d forgotten (how freaking nice is that righthand point he threads?), while Mick Corbett sticks one of the biggest acid drops you’ll see in 2018. Underrated West Aussie Jerome Forrest and Duran is-that-his-real-name Barr rounding out the rest of the clip that introduces the VW team (Duran Barr?! That’s the best name ever). Enjoy the lads testing the durability of their rubber in some serious but fun… but serious Mexico, San Diego, West Aus, Fiji and Tassie. Video by Volte Wetsuits Share this: Like...

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Kimchi And Barrels……Surfing Nth Korea

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Spinksy's Blog, Surf Travel, Surfing, Surfing News | 0 comments

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com It wasn’t all about bombs and sanctions. As President Trump wrapped up his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last week, he noted that Kim’s country sports a coastline dotted with “great beaches” — and no shortage of real estate opportunities. “You see that whenever they’re exploding their cannons into the ocean, right?” Trump asked. “I said, ‘Boy, look at the view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo behind?’” Few Westerners have experienced North Korean sun, sea and sand, but that’s not to say it’s entirely off-limits. “He’s right, there’s a lot of potential”, says Nik Zanella, an Italian surfer who’s led three surfing tours to North Korea. “I was surprised to see California-like bays with golden sands, red granite cliffs, clear water and no one on the beach,” he told Fox News in a Skype interview from China, where he coaches that country’s national surfing team. “I was pretty blown away.” Zanella says he used Google Earth to scour satellite images before his first visit, zeroing in on Majon beach on North Korea’s east coast. Unlike California, the surf wasn’t huge. “I knew from the beginning that I wasn’t looking for the next Malibu,” he says. “If you take professional athletes to North Korea and if you build their expectations that they’re going to get sick barrels, then they will be disappointed. “But the people on our trips didn’t really have that expectation,” he added.” “We had intermediate surfers who were fine with surfing clean, shoulder-high waves, and they were really happy.” Zanella also offered free lessons to locals. “We taught maybe 100 people on the first trip, and they were stoked,” he says. “Every time we went back, the people we had coached were still doing it and they had taught some other people to do it, so there’s a little surf scene that was growing.” But this isn’t your average beach vacation. The State Department advises against all travel to North Korea, even warning Americans who do go that they should draft a will before setting off. There’s also the ethical question of handing over money to a famously brutal and repressive regime. “I never felt guilty,” Zanella says. “I’m convinced that surfing is something that makes people feel free, and no one needs that more than people in that country.”         By Simon Owen | Fox News Share this: Like...

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That Magic Wax – Ross Clarke-Jones passes it on to the next frothing generation.

Posted by on Apr 28, 2018 in Surfing | 0 comments

How does legendary big wave surfer Ross Clarke-Jones end up in any remote corner of the world at what seems a moment’s notice? With magic wax, of course! In a homage to the cult 1987 Quiksilver surf film Mad Wax, which launched RCJ’s career, the 51-year-old passes on the wax to a new generation of surfers to inject the fun and magic back into surfing. Watch as Kanoa Igarashi, Leo Fioravanti and Caroline Marks come face to face with the scariest thing in surfing — Ross Clarke-Jones in a full body wetsuit on the beach in Hawaii… Complete with tunes from surf rock veterans GANGgajang, the throwback edit is as quirky as it is colorful. And the only thing better than the surfing is the acting… we think.       Director: Ben Nott, World Wide Mind: http://worldwidemind.com Want more from Go Mad? Head on over here! https://win.gs/Go-Mad Want more of the best surf film music through the decades? Check out our Spotify playlist over here! https://win.gs/Go-Mad-Spotify-Playlist Share this: Like...

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Size Does Matter – 60 Minutes interview with Ross Clarke-Jones and Mick Corbett

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in News, Surfing, Surfing News | 0 comments

  It may seem obvious, but when it comes to big wave surfing, size definitely matters. And at up to one hundred feet, or more than thirty metres, the largest and meanest waves in the world slam into a headland in Portugal called Nazaré. Such is this monster break it often breaks those brave – or crazy – boardriders who attempt to take it on. Just this week, Australian surfer Ross Clarke Jones almost died after being wiped off a Nazaré wave. But the precarious divide between disaster and glory is precisely the reason he and other Aussie big wave legends like Mick Corbett can’t stay away from the place. ? Share this: Like...

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Aussie big-wave surfing legend Ross Clarke-Jones nearly drowns at Nazare, Portugal

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in News, Surfing, Surfing News | 0 comments

      Australian Big Wave Surfer and former World Tour Competitor Ross Clarke-Jones almost drowned  this morning at Portugal’s famous big wave spot, Nazare . Ross, known for his big wave surfing in huge waves across the globe, by his standards the 25ft waves out at Nazare were small in comparison to other bigger swells surfed. But after admitting he got a little complacent in the conditions, the 51-year-old very nearly paid with his life. Ross has been admitted to  hospital, rather bruised and concussed with a suspected broken leg.        NameEmail*     Share this: Like...

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