World Surf League 2017 Live stream

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The World Surf League has to be “digital first” by default based on how its events rely on wave patterns and weather conditions. As a result, it can’t have a regular programming schedule with a traditional broadcaster.

So after experimenting with Facebook Live over the past year, the WSL and Facebook announced this week that the surfing property would live stream its 2017 Championship Tour men’s and women’s events and Big Wave Tour events via its Facebook account, which has more than six million fans.
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“Surfers have always been pioneers. They’re always looking at the next wave, the next location or the next big thing,” said Tim Greenberg, WSL Chief Community Officer. “Surfers have always been willing to adopt new technologies.

“As a digital first company, when we started having the conversations about what the future looks like, we jumped at the opportunity with Facebook to take a different look and a different approach of how we were distributing our content.”

Greenberg explained that the WSL had to “cut the cord early on” because of surfing’s unpredictable nature. The new partnership with Facebook will see the league provide over 800 hours of live content in 2017. This partnership expands Shutterstock’s global editorial content offering, providing enterprise customers with immediate access to WSL’s extreme sports photography. Leveraging advanced camera technology for underwater and overhead shots, the collection features a diverse range of images including exotic surf locations and world-class athletes like newly crowned 2016 WSL Champions John John Florence and Tyler Wright, 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater, six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore and three-time WSL Champions Mick Fanning and Carissa Moore.

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