Apple TV+ has ordered a six-part docuseries from Box to Box Films and the World Surf League (WSL) that will follow the surfers as they battle for the WSL Title and work to remain on the WSL Championship Tour.
Oscar- and BAFTA Award-winner James Gay-Rees (Exit Through the Giftshop, Amy), BAFTA nominee Paul Martin (Formula 1: Drive to Survive), and Erik Logan (World Surf League) will executive produce on behalf of Box to Box Films.
Each episode will be an exploration of the characters who make up the 2021 WSL Men’s and Women’s Championship Tour, taking viewers on a journey to surfing locations across the globe. The WSL Championship Tour began in Hawaii on Saturday (Dec. 4). The docuseries will dive into different surfing cultures, as well as subjects tied to the sport including eco-conservation, sustainability and marine preservation.
It will premiere alongside Apple TV+’s expanding offering of non-scripted content including Greatness Code, a short-form unscripted series directed by Gotham Chopra and co-produced by Uninterrupted and Religion of Sports; Dear…, from Emmy- and Peabody Award-winner R.J. Cutler; Emmy Award-nominated docuseries Home; and upcoming documentary event series The Supermodels from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries, to be directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple.
Most recently, the streamer commissioned the docuseries Gutsy Women from HiddenLight Productions, the new venture from former U.S. Secretary of State, First Lady and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, her daughter Chelsea Clinton and filmmaker/entrepreneur Sam Branson.
Photo: Seven-time World Surf League champion Stephanie Gilmore at Honolua Bay, Maui in 2018, courtesy Apple TV+