Blue Water High

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Blue Water High
BWH-title-card.jpg
Opening title card (season 1)
Written byShelly Birse
Charlie Richardson
Jennifer Mellet
Kristen Dunphy
Michael Miller
John Armstrong
Marissa Cooke
Noel Price
Chris Phillips
David Ogilvy
Directed byMarcus Cole
Ralph Strasser
Ian Watson
Chris Martin-Jones
StarringSeries 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 1–3)
Nell Mitchell
Theme music composerLiam Finn
Opening theme"Aiming for Your Head" by Betchadupa
Ending theme"Aiming for Your Head"
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes78 (list of episodes)
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
CinematographyRussell Bacon
Brendan Lavelle
Editor(s)Simon Martin
Patrick Stewart
Michael J. Hagan
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)Southern Star Entertainment
Release
Original networkABC1
Picture format576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original release11 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 (Avalon, Sydney, and New South Wales in Australia).[1]

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 because of a lack of funding, 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][permanent dead link]

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.[2]

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]

  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 Has Diabetes"
  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)[edit]

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


Series three (April–September 2008)[edit]

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

No. in Season Main Protagonist Synopsis
1 Cassie Cometti This episode focused on the beginning of the year in Solar Blue for the new 6 intakes for the year, introducing them all: Bridget and Charley (known as "The King") both very seriously intense and engaged to learn and train; Guy, a laid back "surfing machine" that is clumsy the second he steps out of the water; Loren, an extremely friendly yet overly anxious girl with low self-confidence; and Cassie and Adam, two "wildcards" that Simmo had found on offshore beaches that he thought has potential. Despite Cassie's excitement to being in Solar Blue for the year, the day didn't start off well. Solar Blue gets bought by a large corporation, which is mostly represented by "Mr. Lee". Mr. Simmonnds, the renowned coach, decides to leave Solar Blue, and Bec gets offered a job as an administrator for running Solar Blue due to her experience. Cassie and Adam arrive early at Solar Blue to find it wrapped up at the same time; hence finding themselves at the police station for the night after failing to contact those in charge at Solar Blue; the following day, the other 4 arrive and the two do so too, and after careful thinking, Bec decides to take the job in running the academy.
2 Charley Prince In this episode, Charley openly talks about his generally cold manner towards the others due to his determined strive to do well. In choosing an appropriate surfing coach for the students, Bec decides to leave it to be chosen via voting by the students themselves at Solar Blue, causing heat and rivalry, they meet the two shortlisted candidates - Dave Stretin and Garry Miller; both ex-pros of the Pro Circuit of 10 and 4 years respectively. After the interviews, they find that Dave has a more fun-filled approach, talking about fun stories of his time in the Circuit whereas Garry is brief and almost curt about his past, encouraging good discipline and a boundary-set relationship between the coach and the students. Adam, Cassie, Loren, Guy, and Bridget all vote for Dave, but Charley researches and despite backlash, decides on Garry. In the end, after explaining his reasoning behind his choice, they all go for Garry, and his attitude opens up, and he attempts to be more friendlier to the other intakes.
3 Lauren Power Despite the kickoff and thrill to be at Solar Blue, Loren begins to look around her at her competitors and is completely overwhelmed. Comparing herself with Bridget and Cassie, she finds herself out of place and realizes that she should drop out. After talking with Bec about it, she decides to wait until the competition that was coming the next day, but in her final heat, she rode a beautiful wave, wanting to finish off her time here and making the most of it. An inexperienced competitor, however, drops in on her wave, making her unable to perform at her level best, intent that she should leave Solar Blue. Just as she was about to give up, Bec gives her the score sheet of the judges' marks in the previous heats and she finds that she got a 9 before the final heat, higher than Bridget and Cassie both; this boosts her confidence and she decides to stay.
4 Adam Bridge In order to make sure the 6 surfers have what it takes, Bec and Garry decide to push the surfers to the hardest, trying to find whether they wanted to be here. Adam gets frustrated after being 2 weeks in at Garry's attitude as it got built up. On a hot day of 35 degrees Celsius, Garry decides to put them all on tracks carrying heavy dead weight for 4 hours, splitting them up in teams of 2 but offering training points in return. Adam lashes out and refuses to partake in the activity, but when Garry puts Cassie's training points on the line, too, he decides to do it anyway; that following evening, he complains loudly to Bec and Garry, and they admit to pushing them to their hardest right before the term started as a test, so Adam understands and decides to stay at Solar Blue.
5 Bridget Sanchez Similar to Charley's episode (episode 2), this episode is where Bridget talks about her overcompetitiveness - not only in the water but from academic achievements to something as simple as dishwashing.

International broadcasts[edit]

Country Channel Year
 Italy Nickelodeon (Italy), Italia 1 and Boing (Italy) 2006–2010
 Mexico Boomerang 2005–2008
 New Zealand TV2 2007–2012
 Australia ABC TV 2005–2010
Australia Network 2014–
 Sweden SVT 2007–2011
 Poland ZigZap, TVP1 and Filmy+ 2007–2010
 Germany KI.KA 2007–2010
 Ireland RTÉ Two 2007–2010
 Spain La 2, Neox and Clan TVE 2007–2010
 France Filles TV/June 2007–2010
France Ô 2012–2015
 Norway TV2 Zebra 2007–2011
 Portugal SIC and SIC K 2009–2019
 Netherlands RTL 8 2009–2013
 Brazil Boomerang Brazil and TV Brasil 2009–2014
 British Virgin Islands Falkland Islands Television Service 2009–2013
 South Africa Go 2009
Magic World 112 2010–2013
 Great Britain Boomerang and Pop Girl 2006–2012
 Belgium Ketnet 2010's
 Russia Carousel 2011

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, Clan TVE and Neox. 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. In Portugal, SIC 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 was broadcast on Boomerang and later on Pop Girl. In Portugal the serie is called "Mar Azul" (Blue Sea) and it was first aired on Teenbox a teen program on the TV Channel SIC, Saturdays and Sundays, the three seasons aired, and then the tv show was trasnfered to the teen channel of SIC, called SIC K, and since then it´s aired frequently, even with some time interval, the serie is aired till today, 2019.

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.[3]

Oceania[edit]

In Australia, the country of its origin, Blue Water High aired once every week on ABC3. 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 and TV Brasil 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.

Home Media[edit]

DVD Releases[edit]

As July 2019 It's Unknown if Season 03 has had a DVD Release. Season One Is Also Available On 7plus.

Title Format Ep # Discs Region 4 (Australia) Special Features Distributors
Blue Water High: Season 01 DVD 26 04 09 February 2007 None Roadshow
Blue Water High: Season 02 DVD 26 04 2007 None Roadshow
Blue Water High: Season 03 DVD 26 None

Online Streaming[edit]

Season One of Blue Water High will Expiry from 7plus in July 2020. It's Currently Unknown if 7plus Will Air Seasons 2 and 3.

Title Format Ep # Release Date Expiry Date Special Features Distributors
Blue Water High: Season 01 Streaming 26 2019 July 2020 None 7plus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Gallery: Blue Water High". 10 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Warner Bros". thewb.com.

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