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'RIVALS' set to change the game with a made for TV broadcast surf competition
Josh Kerr during his two-hour heat at Duranbah.
: / Andrew Shield / Surfing Australia
Friday, July 3, 2020
Eleven of Australia’s iconic competitive male surfers will open up old battle scars in an innovative three month, 13 consecutive episode TV series set to air on Channel Nine from 12 pm on Saturday the 8th August 2020.
This will be the most-watched event in Australian surfing history.
After hundreds of heats over years of competition, intense rivalries are formed. These guys have won pretty much everything with world titles, pipe masters, triple crowns & almost every event on the world tour circuit. Surfing Australia Studios and
have used testing times in 2020 to create a way of reigniting the competitive fire still burning within the eleven former World Tour surfers in their new series ‘RIVALS’.
have two hours at their ‘local’ wave to surf however they want, on as many waves as they want, with their best three rides to be scored by the public via online platform
Olympic Surfing Head Judge Glen Elliott
For surf fans, all the memories will come flooding back of these mighty competitors. The speed, style, power, innovation and aggression this group of surfing greats displayed in their heyday hasn’t gone anywhere. With a forty-five-day competition window, there will be no shortage of barrels, big turns and crazy moments.
All contestants with the exception of Shaun Cansdell have already locked away their two-hour heats. The ‘Cooly Kids’ Mick Fanning, Dean Morrison and Joel Parkinson chose to pull the trigger on their time slots together at the famed Snapper Rocks.
“Surfing with those two for so long (Joel and Mick), when there’s no heat on, there’s a heat on! We have always fed off each other in that way and that’s a big part of how we all got so good.” –
Dean ‘Dingo’ Morrison
“To see Dingo at the start, he seemed so nervous and I am sure Joel was nervous too he couldn’t sleep. I was just pumped to go surfing with my mates. Once I got out there I was just surfing with my mates.” –
Each surfer has their own episode in the thirteen week series on Channel Nine, something the free to air broadcaster is excited about having never aired anything like the series before.
"Nine and Wide World of Sports are thrilled to be continuing their association with Surfing Australia. RIVALS is an exciting and innovative concept and we look forward to bringing all the action to Surfing fans across the country."-
Brent Williams, Director of Sport - Wide World Of Sports
Having travelled the world together, some for more than ten years, the group hadn’t lost any competitive drive when the challenge was thrown their way via official invite. So far, five of the eleven have already pushed go on their two-hour heats with the other six waiting on swell events to get in the water and the hunt for bragging rights.
“It’s funny, we talked about this for years when we were on tour, you know, how good it would be to have a two-hour heat and just surf the way you surf, rather than the thirty-minute heats we all were used to.” –
“You see his performances from Teahupoo, Cloudbreak, Pipeline and places like that, he will get a ten or something and blow us all away” –
Mick Fanning on Kai Otton
SURFERS AND LOCATIONS:
MICK FANNING - Snapper Rocks - Queensland
JOEL PARKINSON - Snapper Rocks - Queensland
DEAN MORRISON - Snapper Rocks - Queensland
BEDE DURBIDGE - South Stradbroke Island - Queensland
JOSH KERR - Duranbah Beach - New South Wales
DANNY WILLS - Broken Head - New South Wales
SHAUN CANSDELL - Coffs Harbour - New South Wales
JAY THOMPSON - Burleigh Heads - Queensland
GLEN HALL - Avoca Point - New South Wales
KAI OTTON - South Coast Slab - New South Wales
NATHAN HEDGE - North Narrabeen - New South Wales
Source: Surfing Australia
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