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TV series takes Surf Coast to the world



Shooting will soon get underway on a new teen television series focused on surf culture that take the spectacular Surf Coast to audiences around the world.

And producers have recruited a host of local surfers to feature alongside international and Australian stars who make up the central characters in the series.

Surviving Summer will tell the story of Summer Torres, a fierce Brooklyn teen who has been sent ‘Down Under’ to live with family friends the Gibsons, in a tiny coastal town on the Great Ocean Road.

She spends the next three months falling in love with surfing, driving Ari Gibson crazy and upending everyone’s lives.

Surviving Summer will be produced by Werner Film Productions, the company behind global hit Dance Academy, and the ten part series will launch on streaming giant Netflix next year.

The title role of Summer Torres will be played by American actor Sky Katz, who recently starred in the Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home, with co-stars including Brazil’s João Gabriel Marinho and Australia’s Kai Lewins (Wild Boys).

EllieHarrison https surfgirlmag comFive-time Queensland Junior State Surf Champion Lilliana ‘Lil’ Bowrey, along with local surfers Billy & Ellie Harrison and Laurie Hamshere, will also appear.

Shooting will take place at some of Victoria’s most iconic beaches including Jan Juc, Point Addis, Point Road Knight, Urquarts Bluff, Sandy Gully and Lorne.

The show’s creator and producer, Joanna Werner, said Surviving Summer had been a “passion project” for some time.

“I am thrilled that we will be shooting all along the Great Ocean Road very soon,” she said.

“We are very lucky to have access to the spectacular Surf Coast, and sincerely thank the community for welcoming us.

“Our supremely talented teen cast come from New York, Rio, Noosa, Brisbane and Sydney and are an exciting mix of acting and surfing talent.

“They have been training hard and will be ably supported by our brilliant crew, fantastic scripts and fingers crossed, great surf.”

The cast have just completed three weeks of a ‘surf boot camp’ at URBNSURF’s wave pool at Tullamarine.

Pictured: Surviving Summer cast (L-R) João Gabriel Marinho, Lilliana Bowrey, Kai Lewins, Sky Katz, Savannah La Rain (Photo by Vicki Forna); Barwon Heads surfer Ellie Harrison (

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