Blue Water High

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Blue Water High
BWH-title-card.jpg
Opening title card (season 1)
Format Children's drama
Written by Shelly Birse
Charlie Richardson
Jennifer Mellet
Kristen Dunphy
Michael Miller
John Armstrong
Marissa Cooke
Noel Price
Chris Phillips
David Ogilvy
Directed by Marcus Cole
Ralph Strasser
Ian Watson
Chris Martin-Jones
Starring Series 1
Sophie Luck (series 1 & 2)
Tahyna Tozzi
Kate Bell (Series 1 & 3)
Mara Scherzinger
Khan Chittenden
Adam Saunders
Christopher Foy
Series 2
Gabrielle Scollay
Lesley Anne Mitchell
Taryn Marler
James Sorensen
Ryan Corr
Trent Dalzell
Martin Lynes
Liz Burch
Series 3
Cariba Heine
Kain O'Keeffe
Lachlan Buchanan
Eka Darville
Amy Beckwith
Rebecca Breeds
Craig Horner
Don Halbert (series 1 & 2 & 3)
Theme music composer Liam Finn
Opening theme "Aiming for Your Head" by Betchadupa
Country of origin Australia
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 78
Production
Executive producer(s) Noel Price
Claire Henderson (Series 1 & 2)
Matt bruce (Series 1)
Tim Brooke-Hunt (Series 3)
Producer(s) Dennis Kiely
Noel Price
Editor(s) Simon Martin
Patrick Stewart
Michael J. Hagan
Cinematography Russell Bacon
Brendan Lavelle
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Southern Star Entertainment
ABC1
Broadcast
Original channel ABC1
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original run 11 May 2005 – 25 September 2008
External links
Website

Blue Water High is an Australian television drama series, broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on ABC1 and on Austar/Foxtel Nickelodeon channel in Australia and on various channels in many other countries. Each season follows the lives of a young group of students at Solar Blue, a high-performance surf academy where several lucky 16-year-olds are selected for a 12-month-long surfing program on Sydney's northern beaches.

There are three series in Blue Water High. The first two series were screened in 2005 and 2006 and the producers did not intend to create a third and final series. However, due to popular demand by fans, they relented and made one more series with only Kate Bell returning in a main role. Series three ended with the closure of Solar Blue, indicating that the show would most likely not continue.

Plot summary[edit]

Series one[edit]

The first series consisted of twenty-six episodes. It starred Adam Saunders as Heath, the relaxed joker who struggles with school; Tahyna Tozzi as Perri, resident glamour queen from the Gold Coast; Sophie Luck as Fly, the youngest; Kate Bell as Bec, the local; Khan Chittenden as Edge, the aggressive and competitive teenager; Chris Foy as Matt, the generic 'smart guy' and Mara Scherzinger as Anna, a famous German Kiteboarder. At the end of the year, two of them (one girl and one boy) get a wild card spot on the pro-circuit tour. The first series was released on DVD in 4 volumes, though fans are strongly urging for a complete re-release featuring the entire season in one package as was later done with Series Two. Sophie Luck won the 2005 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Young Actor for her role in the series. The winners for series one were Fly and Edge.

Series two[edit]

Filming of a second series began in early January 2006 in Sydney, Australia, with a revised cast, which included Sophie Luck who was back as Fly, Adam Saunders as Heath, who leaves in episode six and Trent Dalzell as Corey, Ryan Corr as Eric, Lesley Anne Mitchell as Brooke, Taryn Marler as Rachel, Gabrielle Scollay as Amy, and James Sorensen as Mike. It premiered on 28 June 2006. Sophie Luck, Adam Saunders, Kate Bell, Chris Foy, Tahyna Tozzi, Nadine Garner and Khan Chittenden have all reappeared in the second series in various episodes. The winners of Series Two were Brooke and Eric.

The complete second series was released on DVD in Australia on 1 October 2007.[1]

Series three[edit]

The third and final series began filming in October 2007. Kate Bell returns as Bec for series three and is joined by Craig Horner as Garry. The new Solar Blue pupils are Guy (Kain O'Keeffe), Charley (Lachlan Buchanan), Adam (Eka Darville), Bridget (Cariba Heine), Loren (Amy Beckwith) and Cassie (Rebecca Breeds). Series Three began screening on Rollercoaster on 3 April 2008.

The winners are Bridget and Adam, but Bridget decides to go to university instead of joining the Pro Circuit, so Loren gets the wild card after Cassie literally 'draws the short straw' (as they both have the same number of points in the final surf-off so they decide who gets the wild card this way). In the last episode, Simmo makes a surprise return as one of the three judges in what is described as "one of the best finals Solar Blue has seen", saving the day as he pulls "not a rabbit out of a hat, but an elephant", ensuring that the winners of the final surf-off still get a wild card invitation.[1]

Cast[edit]

Series one[edit]

Series 1 cast of Blue Water High, from left to right: Back Row: Bec, Heath, Matt, Simmo, Deb, and Anna. Middle Row: Perri Front Row: Edge and Fly

Series two[edit]

Series 2 cast of Blue Water High, from left to right: Back Row: Amy, Fly, Eric, and Corey Front Row: Rachael, Mike, and Brooke

Series three[edit]

Series 3 cast of Blue Water High, from left to right: Back Row: Garry, and Bec Middle Row: Bridget, Cassie, and Loren Front Row: Guy, Adam, and Charley

List of episodes[edit]

Series one (May–November 2005)[edit]

  1. "The Contenders"
  2. "Winners and Losers"
  3. "Trouble in Paradise"
  4. "Fly Takes a Dive"
  5. "Anna Loses Her Way"
  6. "Edge Wipes Out"
  7. "Friends in Need"
  8. "Brothers and Sisters"
  9. "Sharks in the Mind"
  10. "Timing Is Everything"
  11. "Out of Control"
  12. "Dreams and Dramas"
  13. "Life on the Line"
  14. "Bad Boy Heath"
  15. "Joker's Wild"
  16. "It's Hard to Be Normal"
  17. "Perri Lies Low"
  18. "Winning Isn't Everything"
  19. "Right Dance, Wrong Partner"
  20. "Big Wave Fears"
  21. "The Kiss"
  22. "Behind the Scenes"
  23. "Tough Choices"
  24. "The Band Plays On"
  25. "Suspicious Minds"
  26. "And the Winner Is..."

Series two (June–December 2006) and Series three (April–September 2008)[edit]

Episodes of season 2 and 3 were not named, but were numbered from 1 to 26.

International broadcasts[edit]

Country Channel Year
 Italy Italia 1 2006–2010
 Mexico Boomerang 2005–
 New Zealand TV2 2007–
 Australia ABC TV 2005–
 Sweden SVT 2007–
 Poland ZigZap 2007–
 Germany KI.KA 2007–
 Ireland RTÉ Two 2007–
 Spain La 2 Neox and Clan TVE 2007–2010
 France Filles TV 2007–
France Ô 2012–
 Norway TV2 Zebra 2007–
 Portugal SIC and SIC K 2009–2012
 Netherlands RTL 8 2009–
 Brazil Boomerang Brazil 2009–
 British Virgin Islands Falkland Islands Television Service 2009–
 South Africa Go 2009–
Magic World 112 2010–
 Great Britain Boomerang 2006 Pop Girl 2011–2012
 Belgium Ketnet

Africa[edit]

In South Africa, Blue Water High was aired twice a week on Go on the local satellite system, DSTV. After DSTV added more MNET channels, Blue Water High started airing every weekday at 19:30 on Magic World 112 from 1 July 2010.

Europe[edit]

In Germany, the series is called Blue Water High, die Surf-Akademie (which means "Blue Water High, the Surf Academy") and is broadcast on KI.KA (a children's channel). In Ireland Blue Water High was broadcast on RTÉ Two as part of The Den and in Spain, the show was broadcast on La 2 and ClanTVE. In France it was broadcast on Filles TV as Blue Water High: Surf Academy in 2007 and France Ô has started reairing the series on 12 November 2012. In Norway the show aired on TV 2 Zebra. SIC in Portugal also bought the first season, and it aired in the country from Monday to Friday at 5pm in Summer 2009; the show was named Mar Azul ("Blue Sea"). It also started again on SIC K in December of that year. The series also began airing on RTL 8 in the Netherlands from 2009 onwards. In the UK it is broadcast on Pop Girl.

North America[edit]

Blue Water High was broadcast on the internet in North America through the former The WB Television Network, which was resurrected by the Warner Bros. television arm as a website in 2008.[2]

Oceania[edit]

In Australia, the country of its origin, Blue Water High currently airs once every day in the afternoon on ABC3 and on Nickelodeon once every Sunday night. In New Zealand, Blue Water High currently airs every Saturday afternoon on TV2.

South America[edit]

In the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America, the show is titled Blue Water High, Escuela del Surf, which translates as "Blue Water High, Surf Academy", and is broadcast on Boomerang Latin America. In Brazil, it is broadcast by Boomerang Brazil under the title Galera do Surfe (The Surf Crowd). In Falkland Islands, Blue Water High was aired on Falkland Islands Television Service Tuesdays to Friday at 15:00 and Saturday at 11:30.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2008/03/gallery-blue-water-high.html Pictures and information on the 2008 series of blue water high
  2. ^ http://thewb.com/shows/blue-water-high/ Blue Water High Streaming episodes on theWB

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