A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The sport of surfing, and the various surfing skills that surfers should master, are themes, but it's really about competition.
Positive Role Models
The surfers are athletes and are talented; most are quite confident in their talents. Some of them have competitive experience, while others come from well-known surfing families.
The surfers identify as male and female, and are Caucasian, Latinx, and Pacific Islander. There's no Black representation among the cast.
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Violence & Scariness
Tempers sometimes flare, and boards get hit or thrown when challenges go awry. There's also lots of catty behavior.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women often wear skimpy, cleavage-revealing bikinis, and men go shirtless. References are made to a kissing game in one episode.
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Curses are bleeped with mouths blurred.
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Products & Purchases
Surfers sleep in Airstream trailers. References are made to The Bachelor.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional photographs of people drinking, and references are made to partying. These are offered within the context of talking about past mistakes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Ultimate Surfer is a reality surfing competition that features athletes competing for cash and a chance to compete in the World Surf League. Between surfing competitions there's lots of scheming and catty behavior and some bleeped cursing (with mouths blurred). Female contestants are shown in skimpy bikinis, and men go shirtless, and they all camp in Airstreams. References are made to drinking and partying, but are looked at as past mistakes.
Is It Any Good?
The mildly entertaining series features talented surfers riding artificially generated waves for a chance at cash and a shot at a world tour. While some of the drama comes from watching these folks compete in their sport and show off their individual talents, it also features lots of catty behavior and alliance-making as the contestants do whatever they can to stay in the game. The strategies used to win are predictable, but if you enjoy surfing, The Ultimate Surfer may be worth checking out.
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