‘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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Dusty Payne in Stable Condition After Backdoor Wipeout

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Breaking News, Dusty Payne, Hawaii, Surfing | 0 comments

        According to witnesses, Payne was underwater for three waves—approximately 80 seconds—after taking off from a 4-foot wave and hitting the reef below. After he didn’t resurface, friends say underwater/surf photographer Keoki Saguibo, Big Island surfer Ulu Boi (Jimmy Napeahi) and surfer Mike O’Shaughnessy rushed to rescue Payne. According to sources, Payne was unconscious while in the water. Once brought to land by Saguibo, Napeahi, and O’Shaughnessy, lifeguards assisted and were able to revive Payne. He was then rushed to the hospital in serious condition     As of publishing, Payne is in stable condition at the hospital but has suffered serious head injuries including a broken jaw. A friend tells Maui Now that Payne was able to recognize his good friend at the hospital and that there are no reports of trauma to the brain or spinal cord.   Shortly after Payne’s horrifying incident this morning, a surfer from Hawaii Kai died after drowning at the surf spot Rocky Point, down the road from Backdoor.     Story contribution via Maui Now. Share this: Like...

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1 dead and 1 injured in separate North Shore surfing incidents

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Breaking News, Dusty Payne, Hawaii, News, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing, Surfing News | 0 comments

        One man died and another was injured today in separate surfing incidents on the North Shore. At about 9:50 a.m., lifeguards, surfers, and photographers rescued a 26-year-old man who was injured while surfing at the surf spot Backdoor and brought him to shore, said Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enright. Multiple surf publications identified the man as professional surfer Dusty Payne of Maui. Payne was initially unconscious but regained consciousness under the care of lifeguards. He sustained multiple injuries. Emergency Medical Services personnel took over care and transported him to a hospital in serious condition. At about 11:45 a.m., surfers brought an unresponsive surfer to shore from the surf spot Rocky Point. Lifeguards performed CPR on the surfer until EMS personnel took over. EMS pronounced the man, who appeared to be in his 50s, dead at the scene.   News Story  via     Share this: Like...

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