ABC Shares New Poster, Introduces Contestants for Summer Series “The Ultimate Surfer”

ABC’s reality competition, The Ultimate Surfer will kick off this August with a special two-night premiere. In conjunction with the announcement, ABC has shared a poster for the series and introduced audiences to the fourteen contestants who’ll be vying for the title of Ultimate Surfer.

What’s Happening:

  • ABC has announced the premiere date of their new summer series The Ultimate Surfer.
  • The reality competition will debut with a two-night premiere airing Monday, August 23rd and Tuesday, August 24th (10:00-11:00 pm EDT), following all-new episodes of Bachelor in Paradise.
  • Former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer is set to host the surf competition series with sports anchor Erin Coscarelli and the iconic voice of professional surfing Joe Turpel to serve as commentators.

  • Eleven-time surfing world champion Kelly Slater is the lead consultant and also serves as a special correspondent.

About The Ultimate Surfer:

  • The Ultimate Surfer will gather up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the World Surf League’s (WSL) state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California.
  • Here they’ll encounter Kelly Slater’s human-made wave technology, in the hope of competing amongst the best athletes in the world’s fastest-growing sport.
  • Alliances and rivalries will be front and center in The Ultimate Surfer” as men and women compete in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines.
  • Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the The Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the elite WSL Championship Tour.
  • Slater’s remarkable, one-of-a-kind, human-made wave—the most even playing field for measuring surf mastery—is at the heart of the series.


  • The surfers competing for the title of The Ultimate Surfer this season include:
    • Anastasia Ashley – 33, Miami Beach, Fla.
    • Kai Barger – 30, Haiku, Hawaii
    • Mason Barnes – 26, Venice, Calif.
    • Tia Blanco – 23, Oceanside, Calif.
    • Austin Clouse – 26, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
    • Brianna Cope – 25, Koloa, Hawaii
    • Luke Davis – 27, Los Angeles, Calif.
    • Kayla Durden – 27, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
    • Juli Hernandez – 22, Costa Mesa, Calif.
    • Zeke Lau – 26, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Alejandro Moreda – 34, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Koa Smith – 25, Sunset Beach, Hawaii
    • Malia Ward – 22, San Clemente, Calif.
    • Bruna Zaun – 30, Redondo Beach, Calif.

Creative Team:

  • The Ultimate Surfer is produced by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios.
  • President of Lionsgate Nonfiction Television and Pilgrim CEO and Chair Craig Piligian, WSL CEO Erik Logan, UFC President Dana White and Faye Stapleton serve as executive producers.