Ballito Pro, and its production team White Hot Media, have partnered with LiveU (http://www.LiveU.tv) to provide dynamic live coverage of the world's longest professional surfing event taking place annually on the KwaDukuza coast in South Africa. LiveU's portable LU600 HEVC units were used to provide comprehensive coverage of the main surfing competition and different aspects of the event, including extreme sports and music concerts, soaking up the 14-day event's unique festival atmosphere. The event, presented by Billabong, was streamed live every day to the World Surf League web site (www.WorldSurfLeague.com/) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WSL/),which has over six million followers.
Roaming cameras with LiveU units were used on the beach, around the different venues, and even on a jet ski to capture the surfers riding the waves close up. LiveU facilitated more layers to the production with various multiple shots streamed live every day.
Greg Kitto, Producer, Ballito Pro, said, In the past, we were limited by fiber connectivitywhich meant we weren't free to roam around.In this 50th edition celebratory year,we weredeterminedto bring more of the event toour followers around the world.LiveU'sbonded cellular technologyhasoffered usgreater portabilityandreliability, enabling us to stream high quality videofrom new angles. The images have been amazing,enablingourviewers to experienceall aspects of the festivalonline. We took the production to the water for the first time ever in a World Surf League QS 10 000 event and were able to show the beauty of Ballito from the surfers point of view. 2018 saw usincrease our onlineviewersandattracted newTV audiences, withlive feeds used by theinternationalmedia.rdquo;
The international surf competition attracts The World Surf League's top ranked performers, together with the cream of South Africa's men, women and junior surfers for the 14 day festival of high performance action in the waves of Willard.
Yaal Eshel, VP Sales, LiveU, said, We're delighted to have an important contribution in this amazing sporting event in South Africa. Ballito Pro has all the ingredients for engaging an online audience, with its beautiful scenery, music, atmosphere and world-class surfing competition. Seeing the feed from our LU600 HEVC streaming live from the jet ski truly illustrates the power of the live experience.rdquo;