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New Zealand’s international surf event, The Ultimate Waterman, will be beaming into millions of homes around the globe on Red Bull TV from today.

Filmed in New Zealand, the three-part series captures the grueling nine-day, multi-discipline competition, which seeks to find The Ultimate Waterman (TUW) from among some of the world’s finest athletes.

Event creator and Surfing New Zealand chief executive Greg Townsend says the TV shows capture all the facets of this unique event and what it’s all about – the sporting challenge, the skills of the competitors, tourism, culture, education and the environment.

“It is such a great event – it is filmed in some amazing locations that showcase New Zealand, and involves some world-class athletes competing against each other across a range of really exciting water sports,” says Townsend.

Red Bull TV is airing the three-part series of The Ultimate Waterman 2016 event from today (September 13).

Red Bull TV is now available free of charge online and as an app on mobile and 17 digital devices, which will make the TV series available in 37 countries, with a potential audience of 1.3 billion people.

“There are not many events in New Zealand that have a global audience of this magnitude. This is a great way to take

New Zealand to the world via media, social media and television,” he says.

The event is supported by New Zealand Major Events and was filmed by New Zealand production company AJS Films for Red Bull Media House.

Locations include multiple spots in Auckland - Orewa, Piha, Takapuna Beach, Auckland Viaduct and Waitemata Harbour – as well as the Southland coast, and Fiordland.

To watch The Ultimate Waterman TV series, people can simply visit:


For more information on The Ultimate Waterman event please contact:

Event Founder, Greg Townsend, (64) 21372146,

Contest Director, Ben Kennings, (64) 212278732,

For the 2016 event imagery, logos and press releases, refer to

  • The Ultimate Waterman social media platforms: • Facebook:

  • Instagram: theultimatewaterman

  • Youtube:

  • Twitter: @The_UltWaterman

• Snapchat: @The_UltWaterman About Red Bull TV:

Red Bull TV is a digital video service that features inspirational programming from the world of Red Bull, including live global events and an extensive selection of sports, music and lifestyle entertainment. Red Bull TV is available on the web, connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices, and more.

Surfing New Zealand is proudly partnered by major sponsors:

Red Bull TV

New Zealand Major Events

Auckland Tourism Events Economic Development (ATEED)

Red Bull



Duck Point Wines


Dolphin Surf Craft NZ (The Sensor Group)

Deep Oceanboards

õ Pure Water


Health Promotion Agency

Water Safety NZ

Deep Creek Brewery Company Limited

Alpine Helicopters

Embassy of United States of America

Air Tahiti Nui

Four Winds Foundation

Trillian Trust

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