For most people, June 20, 2014, means Friday, week's over, happy hours... But to an estimated 23 million people world-wide it is International Surfing Day. This year marks the 10th annual ISD celebration, with 140 events planned in 30 different countries to celebrate "10 years of Stoke". International Surfing Day is the work of the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. So, with that in mind we are going to do a salute to the day and highlight some of the premier surfing and surfing-related channels that Roku has to offer. ENJOY INTERNATIONAL SURFING DAY... MAHALO!
The surf industry has grown immensely over the years and generates an estimated $7.29 billion annually, not bad for a bunch of beach bums. Here are some interesting surf facts that you may find surprising:
- The average surfer is 34, owns 4 boards and makes $75K/year.
- The average surfer drives 10 miles to surf and spends $40 per session.
- U.S. Surfers spend 3.1Billion on local surf trips each year
With those demographics, it's no wonder surfing-related channels are popping up all over the Roku Channel Store. We'd all rather surf the waves than surf the TV, but if you can't get out into the water, here are our recommendations for surfing videos on Roku.
This channel is dedicated to bringing you all the latest surf footage available. You can buy or rent more than 700 professionally produced surf films, shows, and documentaries. Watch the classic that started it all, The Endless Summer (1965), and some not so famous entries like Fresh Fruit for Rotten Vegetables (2009).
Add a premium membership that includes a library of over 450 videos can be watched for no additional charge, as well as receive a 10% discount on rentals and purchases. The premium membership subscription is $9.99 monthly or $79.99 annually. You can peruse the library of videos and movies before subscribing for a premium membership. Click here for more information on this channel.
The newest addition to the Roku Channel Store, Vaporvue offers all the adrenaline pumping sports action you can handle. There is a very extensive library for today's extreme sports enthusiast. Here you will find hundreds of surf related movies, videos, shows, and documentaries spanning the history of surfing. The channel is subscription based for $9.99 monthly or $99.99 annually. Click here for more information on this channel.
This is another channel highlighting extreme sports. Rush offers a video library covering Land, Air, Sky, Water and everything in between. The channel is free, but for $0.99 per video you can watch with no commercial interruptions. The surfing library is rather limited in content but does showcase many of the members of the Redbull Team and their endless pursuit of the perfect wave. Click here for more information on this channel.
Transworld brings you a wide variety of on demand short action videos ranging in content from snow, skate, surf and moto. Most videos are 3 minutes or less. Here you will find video highlights from some of the biggest names in surfing. You can expect to find highlights from some of the past competitions on the circuit as well as interviews with the athletes. The channel is home to many other extreme sports athletes showcasing their abilities. Click here for more information on this channel.