New Series from WSL Studios - Streaming 8/5 on worldsurfleague.com
Transformed is a three-part series that showcases how surfing has changed lives and cultures all over the globe. Hosted by 1977 World Champion Shaun Tomson, it will highlight one inspiring story each episode, focusing on the transformation of its central characters and the enduring impact surfing has on both a personal and cultural level.
Episode 1: The Cuba Unknown
With the opening of the border in 2016 by US President Barack Obama, Cuba became ground zero for radical change. In a country often defined by oppression, the sport of surfing was illegal until recently. For the hundred or so surfers there, one thing draws them to the water: freedom. This story explores how surfing transformed the lives of Frank and Yaya, the sport's biggest champions in Cuba, and what it means to pursue one's passion against all odds.
The Cuba Unknown was produced by MakeWild.
Episode 2: Freddy
Freddy Marimon was born without legs and with one arm in a low-income neighborhood of Cartagena, Colombia. But that was never going to hold him back. Determined to help his humble family any way he can, the 13-year-old phenom learned to surf, became a world champion and is now a hero in his home country. Freddy's story proves that if he can do it, you can too.
Freddy was produced by Mundo Zero Productora and Hope Surf Films.
Episode 3: Surfistan
Decades ago, the Taliban ruled Afghanistan and young Afridun Amu and his family fled the war-torn country to Europe. In France, young Afri learned to surf and dedicated his life to returning to Afghanistan and bringing surf culture to his landlocked homeland. This story proves surfing can have a profound effect in even the most unlikely places.
Surfistan was produced by Afri Amu and Nico Walz.