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Pilgrim Media Group, World Surf League Studios prep ABC surf competition series

ABC has greenlit the competition series Ultimate Surfer, the second project born out of the recently inked co-development partnership between Pilgrim Media Group and World Surf League (WSL) Studios. The eight-episode series will ...
November 13, 2019

ABC has greenlit the competition series Ultimate Surfer, the second project born out of the recently inked co-development partnership between Pilgrim Media Group and World Surf League (WSL) Studios.

The eight-episode series will see surfers compete in individual and team challenges focused on the sport’s specific disciplines at WSL’s Surf Ranch in Leemore, California.

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.

Kelly Slater (pictured), an 11-time World Surf League champion, will serve as the on-air talent and special correspondent for the show.

Production is slated to get underway in 2020, and an air date will be announced later this season.

Pilgrim CEO and president Craig Piligian, WSL Studios president of content and media Erik Logan, and UFC president Dana White serve as executive producers.

“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,” Robert Mills, senior vice president of alternative series, specials and late night at ABC Entertainment, said in a statement.

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