Ride, ride, ride the wild surfing series
By Gary Levin, USA TODAY
It's Survivor for surfers on WB's North Shore: Boarding House, a six-week reality series starting June 18 and airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Actually, it's more like MTV's The Real World meets last summer's Blue Crush. Set at Hawaii's prestigious Triple Crown competition, the show chronicles seven pro surfers led by Sunny Garcia, who hung 10 for glory while sharing a beachfront house.
"They're all competing against each other during the day, and then they all have to come home and live together," says WB alternative-series chief Keith Cox.
"It's not all about surfing, it's about the characters, which is what I like best," says Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett, who, in an unusual move, climbed aboard to edit the series after it already had been filmed.
"The surfing contest raises the stakes," he says. "They don't want to lose anyway, and they especially don't want to lose on television."