The WB to air Hawaii-based professional surfer "North Shore" reality TV series
By Reality TV World staff, 11/19/2002
Variety reports that The WB has ordered six episodes of the tentatively titled "North Shore," an hour-long reality show that will revolve around seven pro surfers living in an Oahu beach house. Cameras will follow the surf dudes and dudettes as they prepare to square off in the Vans Triple Crown of surfing, which consists of three surf championships held in November and December.
The surfers, who were cast in Los Angeles, are defending Vans champ Myles Padaca, five-time Vans winner Sunny Garcia, model Veronica Kay, internationally ranked surfer Damien Hobgood, Damien Hobgoo, Danny Fuller, Holli Beck and Chelsea Georgeson, of Australia. Garcia, 33, who won an unprecedented fifth Hawaiian Triple Crown in 2000 and the ASP World Champion title, is the oldest and the father figure of the group. Georgeson, 18, is the youngest.
Production of the series has already started, with the show set to air next summer. The executive producers are Lisa Berk, a former executive on MTV's "Real World," and Bruce Toms (former "Love Cruise" producer.)
"The WB offers the ideal audience for NORTH SHORE," said Jordan Levin, President, Entertainment, The WB. "We can provide trend-setting, action sport shows the exposure they desire to broaden their reach with young audiences. With charismatic athletes, compelling action sequences and the drama of young people pursuing their dreams, this series features all the elements critical for good storytelling."
"We are thrilled about working with The WB to bring viewers what we are sure is going to be a fun and exciting summer viewing experience," said Lisa Berger, who will serve as executive producer with Bruce Toms. "Bringing this group of world-class surfers together under one roof for the sport's most hotly contested events will give viewers an intimate look at the unique culture of the entire surfing lifestyle, and one that they won't see anywhere else."
The $750,000 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, celebrating its 20th anniversary at Oahu's renowned North Shore in November and December 2002, consists of the Vans Hawaiian Pro - November 12-23, the Rip Curl Cup - November 24-December 7 and the Xbox Pipeline Masters - December 7-20.