The show has been a quiet achiever for the ABC, picking up awards and doing well in international sales. It was originally co-produced by a German broadcaster.
Executive Producer Noel Price said, “We weren’t expecting to do a third series of Blue Water High but the huge demand for it both locally and internationally has been impossible to resist.”
Set at the Solar Blue Surf Academy, the show will again focus on three males and three females all hoping for a shot on the professional surfing circuit.
Today, ABC TV and Southern Star Entertainment begin production on a third series of the award-winning teen drama, Blue Water High. The 26-part series will be shot on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, long sunny days… Blue Water High follows six, lucky 16-year olds, selected for an intensive, 12 month residential surfing and schooling program at Solar Blue Surf Academy.
Fresh from working on a new film alongside Guy Pearce and Miranda Otto is Kate Bell, who returns as Bec for series three of this hit surf drama. She is joined by Craig Horner (H20, Two Twisted, Totally Wild, Blurred) who plays Garry. Bec and Garry are in charge of the new Solar Blue pupils: Guy (Kain O’Keefe – Swimming Upstream, Fireflies); Charley (Lachlan Buchanan – Newcastle); Adam (Eka Darville – Nim’s Island); Bridget (Cariba Heine – H20 Just Add Water); Lauren (Amy Beckwith); and Cassie (Rebecca Breeds).
These aspiring pupils are all competing for that elusive wild card to get onto the world pro-surfing circuit. But things aren’t quite the same at Solar Blue. The Academy has been taken over by new management, and they’ve instigated major changes. The waves still roll in as big as ever though, and for a 16-year-old, life at Blue Water beach is about as good as it gets.
Southern Star Executive Producer, Noel Price says “We weren’t expecting to do a third series of Blue Water High but the huge demand for it both locally and internationally has been impossible to resist. While the new season will maintain many of the fundamentals of previous series, we are using the opportunity to introduce some fresh elements and different story telling techniques which we hope our very enthusiastic audience will find as engaging and entertaining as ever.”
ABC TV’s Executive Head of Children’s, Tim Brooke-Hunt says “I am delighted that this highly popular show will continue on ABC. Its proven appeal with the teen audience both in Australia and overseas will ensure that this new series will be a highlight of our future schedule.”