‘Drive To Survive’ Producers Have A Surfing Docuseries Coming To Apple TV+

Apple TV Make Or Break Surfing Docuseries

Box To Box Films isn’t half-assing its mission to create a hit docuseries for just about every major sport. With Formula 1: Drive To Survive under the belt, plus equivalents for both the PGA Tour and professional tennis currently on the burner, it’s now tackling the world of surfing. But unwilling to let Netflix have all the fun, this upcoming release – titled Make Or Break – has been snagged by Apple TV+, which has already been greenlit for season 2 ahead of its premiere.

Exploring the aspirations, challenges, accomplishments, and personal lives of the surfers who compete to keep their place in the 2021 Men’s and Women’s WSL Championship Tour, similar to the other properties within Box To Box Film’s content stable, the seven-part affair provides audiences with unprecedented access to surfing’s elite. Never-before-seen interviews and all.

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“The [first season] follows the 2021 competition, navigating as the league responds to the global pandemic,” explains Apple.

“While exploring the dynamic surfing culture along with timely issues, including diversity, mental health, and the physical impact of the sport.”

Internationally recognised names you can expect an appearance from include:

  • 11-time world champion & 56-time career victory winner Kelly Slater
  • Seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore
  • Three-time world champion Gabriel Medina
  • Two-time world champion Tyler Wright
  • 2019 World Champion & Olympic gold medalist Italo Ferreira
  • 2021 Olympian Tatiana Weston-Webb

Other familiar names featured include Morgan Cibilic, Johanne Defay, Leonardo Fioravanti, Jeremy Flores, John John Florence, Filipe Toledo, Kanoa Igarashi, Matt McGillivray, Isabella Nichols, as well as Jack Robinson. While production for the second season is already underwater, it’s unclear who will make a return and who else is set to be introduced.

The docuseries has been produced in collaboration between Apple and Box To Box Films, in partnership with the WSL Championship Tour; with Oscar and BAFTA winner James Gay-Rees (Exit Through the Gift Shop, Amy, Drive To Survive), BAFTA nominee Paul Martin (also Drive To Survive), executive producing alongside WSL CEO Erik Logan and Ryan Holcomb.

Make Or Break hits Apple TV+ on April 29th.