July 1 to 7 - Mr Price Pro Surf Comp with Live Streaming using Drift HD Ghost Cameras

This year the Mr Price Pro is teaming up with Drift to stream live video from within the waves to the big screens on the beach and to viewers around the world! Live streaming of events is fast becoming something that audiences want to see and expect to see. In this year's Mr Price Pro you'll see the camera men bobbing in the backline and getting right into the barrels to give their audience brilliant live streamed images of the action. 

Action Gear will be there as the official retail partner of Drift and we'll be live streaming the videos onto our big screens at the stand. It's going to be pretty awesome so be sure to come check it out! 

Below is the full press release sent out by the Mr Price Pro organisers... 

Tuesday June 4, 2014, Ballito, Kwazulu Natal - 

Mr Price will this year offer worldwide access to it’s ASP Prime rated Mr Price Pro Ballito event thanks to a new and improved webcast, giving viewers the opportunity to experience the thrill of South Africa’s premier surfing event, from the comfort of their own homes.

The event runs from July 1 -7, 2013 and will be broadcast live on You Tube’s exclusive Mr Price Pro Ballito channel where viewers may acquire their daily fix of Ballito barrels via the multi streams available to all platforms.

"As the Mr Price Pro enters it's fifth year at Ballito we are privileged to be broadcasting this amazing ASP World Tour Prime event showcasing the world's best surfers at a popular surf destination on the North Coast of KZN. Mr Price and the KwaDukuza Municipality have gained invaluable experience broadcasting the event in previous years and we have now put together a professional team of video production crew and web commentators who will deliver an entertaining show for all the viewers tuning in from around the globe," said Mr Price Pro Ballito event director Graham Daniel.  

Partnering with leading internet provider Neotel, the live surfing action will stream in High Definition via a secure fibre optic cable feed providing 12MB of exclusive line dedicated to the Mr Price Pro Ballito. 

“We’ve made small but significant changes to this year’s production to ensure the delivery of a high standard webcast that surfing fans across the globe have come become accustomed too,” said webcast producer Greg Kitto of White Hot Media.

With an OB van broadcasting live from on site, viewers at home will enjoy a multifaceted perspective of this prestigious event. With a total of six camera angles and the addition of two slow-mo cameras providing the best in slow-mo action replays, viewers are guaranteed not to miss a beat!

Leading action sports cameras Drift have also come on board with the Drift HD Point of View Ghost camera. This cutting edge camera technology will be broadcasting live via Wi-Fi from the water, adding yet another unique perspective of live HD footage to fans around the world.

“This is the first event in South Africa to be sponsored with the freshly released Drift HD Ghost,” said Chantelle Mitchell of Drift Cameras. “The Mr Price Pro Ballito event was a perfect fit to showcase our camera’s innovative features to ultimately capture all the excitement of the week. We believe there is no better camera for The Mr Price Pro Ballito to be filming action footage with than Drift.”

By broadcasting live from the contest waters, surfing fans may watch every moment of a surfer’s wave from take off to exit and with exclusive behind the scenes coverage, will have the unique opportunity to hear surfers providing their experiences and perspectives on the day.

Narrated by ASP World Championship Tour anchor Joe Trupel, audiences will be guided through the highs and lows of competitive surfing live from the commentary booth. With intimate knowledge of the professional surfing circuit, Trupel brings endless insight into board selection, surfer’s backgrounds and competitive statistics binding the Mr Price Pro Ballito story together.

The webcast will kick off prior to the start of competition each morning with a 40-minute morning show, taking a look back at highlights from the day before, prior to previewing the action ahead.

Upon completion of the day’s competition, a highlights package will run through the night, ensuring that viewers around the world are able to watch their favourite surfers compete, no matter what time zone they’re on.

The Mr Price Pro Ballito will run in conjunction with the Mr Price Pro Ballito Beach Festival featuring an array of beach and extreme sports as well as the popular Free Music Concerts over three days from July 4- 6, 2013 and the Food and Wine festival running from July 2 to 4, 2013.


Post event review 

The Mr Price Pro competition dates all the way back to 1966. It became the Gunston 500 in 1969 and has been around as the Mr Price Pro since 2000. Today it's one of the biggest and longest running surf competitions on the ASP calendar. In fact, local surfing legend Shaun Thompson's record of six consecutive wins remains the longest winning streak for any professional surfing competition... ever.

The weather was a bit of an issue on the first day but once surfing got underway on Tuesday, crowds at Ballito beach were treated to some amazing surfing by 96 competitors from around the world, including no less than eleven SA surfers. In the end it came down to a final between Australian, Julian Wilson, and local heroJordy Smith. Jordy lead for most of the final until Julian pulled off the first perfect ten score of the competition with a ridiculous Alley Oop, clinching this years title.

Congratulations to Julian and Jordy, thank you Ballito and the team from the Mr Price Pro and see you back there in 2014