O’Neill Highland Open 2007
Whiskey, kilts, bagpipes and the remoteness of the Highlands: these are some of the clichés connected to Scotland. But the northernmost part of the United Kingdom also has to offer first-class waves. From April 24th to May 1st, the world’s best surfers will ride them at the Highland Open: widely recognized by surfers across the world as the coldest event on the WQS tour, the competition has been newly upgraded to a maximum 6-star WQS contest in recognition of its status as one of the most progressive events in competitive surfing. Added to that, the second edition of this ground-breaking surf contest has also been classified as one of only seven worldwide prime locations on the WQS tour – meaning extra WQS ratings points on offer.
Lying at a spine-chilling 59 degrees north, the mythical reef break of Thurso East will play official host to the event. The promise of consistent overhead swells and a prize purse totalling some US$ 125,000 will see the world’s best up-and-coming surfers converging on Thurso. Apart from a handsome pay check, the winner will pick up the second edition of the already legendary Highland Open sword trophy and one of only two qualification spots to the second edition of “The Mission”, scheduled to unfold in the warm waters of Tahiti in June 2007.
A mobile contest format will guarantee competitors and spectators with the best possible surfing conditions in the region. In addition to Thurso East, the contest organizers have also singled out a number of other potential waves, including the legendary Brimms, Point of Ness and Skirza – a cobblestone point left-hander located just below John O’Groats. No matter where the surf fires up, contest organizers will have everything they need to access the goods, thanks to the presence of two 6-Wheel-Drive Offroad Safari Vehicles, ensuring unprecedented contest mobility.
The blazing overhead conditions blessing last year’s Highland Open were responsible for producing some of the most insane surfing on the WQS calendar in 2006, and there’s every chance we’ll be seeing a repeat this time around. Once again, pumping swells set against the Scottish coast’s rugged backdrop will combine to set the stage for 192 of the world’s most promising surfers to battle it out for top honours. Among them are Charly Martin from Guadeloupe, Hugo Savalli from Reunion, Justin Mujica from Venezuela, Roy Powers from Hawaii, Sam Lamiroy from Great Britain and Jarrad Howse from Australia.
We will work with a big team with six digital beta cams plus two 16 mm cameras to film this unique surf event and the special flair of Scotland and its inhabitants. On May 2nd, we will offer a exclusive satellite news feed of a 3 minutes, content: news and unilateral. In addition to the 30 min rough-cut we will also produce a 24 minutes highlight version.
□ 3 min news with unilaterals via satellite (on May 2nd 2007)
□ 30 min rough-cut
□ 24 min version