My name is Jake Burghart, and these are some notes on my new TV show, School of Surf, which started airing in December of 2009 on Mtv2. It's about two high school surf teams, one is from New Jersey, and the other lives in Malibu. The show is shot as a documentary, not reality TV. We follows the kids through a school year comparing and contrasting their lives, leading up to an end of the year showdown. East vs West
School of Surf
January 25, 2010

Ocean City High School surfing team takes viewers along for ride on MTV2 reality show

By: Jon Coen

Red Bull Rider's Cup Ocean City

The flood of reality shows that popped up in the last decade has left TV audiences wondering just how much is real and how much is staged for entertainment.

But this season, southern New Jersey viewers got to enjoy one show for just how real it was. “School of Surf,” on MTV2, documented two high school surf teams in their daily lives, as well as their trials in surfing the Red Bull Riders Cup to the national championships last spring.

One of the high school teams was Malibu, the iconic Southern California surf town. The other was Cape May County’s Ocean City.

"We weren’t really sure how big it was going to be or how people would respond," said Chris Kelly, who graduated last June and is now taking online courses at Atlantic Cape Community College and pursuing a semi-pro surfing career, "but locally everyone is pretty pumped."

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January 19, 2010

School of Surf -  Episode 6

This is it, the Final episode in the series. Keep bugging MTV and hopefully they’ll continue to re-run the crap out of it like they do all their other shows.

I’ll continue to post updates on here

January 15, 2010

School of Surf Extra.

Mtv should have episode 6 posted any day now, but to hold you over here’s some bonus footage. This is the Finals from the Red Bull Rider’s Cup Championships. Unfortunately neither Malibu or New Jersey made it all the way to the end. This is Mira Costa High from the South Bay of Los Angeles surfing against San Deguito Academy from northern San Diego. It’s 12 minutes of pure game action.

January 12, 2010

School of Surf Episode 5

The season is coming to an end. Over in New Jersey the team is split between going to prom and surfing in their state regionals. The kids in California are dealing with contest pressures of their own and everyone is gearing up for the national championships in san clemente. The end of this one Jersey heading west and our two teams meeting face to face on the beach.

December 31, 2009

School of Surf Episode #4 is online at MTV.com

In this one the Malibu kids spend there spring break at sea, searching some hard to reach spots just just up the cost. In New Jersey it’s Memorial Day and the beaches are packed.  few of the guys head inland looking for a different adventure.

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Some more coverage of New Jersey’s epic Christmas swell from Surfing Magazine.

Chris, Rob, and Keenan all have a few solid waves on here

December 28, 2009
OCEAN CITY’S SEAN SANTIAGO

I hope you saw episode 4 on MTV2 this morning. I’ll get that up online as soon as it’s available.  I’ve been working on getting up some post show interviews with everyone. Ocean Cities Sean Santiago was the first to finish his homework.
Santi: Sorry for getting back to you so late but it’s been firing the past two days. I have some pictures attached too.
Jake:  What did you get up to this summer?
S:  For the most part I just worked alot and surfed almost everyday. At night I would do a little lurking.
J: So you’re still scrubbing toilets at 7th street and luring the young daughters of unsuspecting tourists back to your bunk beds?
S:  The bunk beds are actually Ryan’s, but of course I am. Maybe even into the back of your creepy green van.
J:  Haha. Don’t count on it.  What else have you been up to since the show?
S:  Since the show, I’ve been finishing up my senior year and applying to colleges and what not. Aside from that, I have just been working on my surfing, competing, and traveling.
J: What Colleges are you applying to? Where have you been traveling?
S:  I’ve applied to Point Loma, Flagler, Momouth, and University of San Diego so far. And so far this year I made some trips to Hatteras and New York. In a few weeks I’m heading down to Puerto Rico for about three weeks, and then who knows.
J: Flagler is in my home town, St. Augustine, which is awesome. Do people at your school watch the show?
S:  Yeah tons of people from school have been watching the show. All the teachers are pretty stoked on it.
J:  Wow the teachers like it! No disapproving comments from say, the pennywise night?
S: Nope everyone’s psyched for us.
J:  Does your mom watch it?
S:  Of course she does.
J:  What does she think?
S: She laughs alot about most of the stuff that we say and do. She loves it for the most part excluding Pennywise.
J:  Are you doing any pro events?
S:  I’ve done a few pro junior events this year,the Belmar Pro, and the Grudge Qualifier.
J:  What are you going to do next year?
S:  As of right now I plan on going to college in Southern California, and doing all the pro junior events out there. I also want to travel a whole bunch.
J:  Do you have some sponsors backing that mission?
S: Yeah hopefully. Ergo, Hyperflex Westsuits, Freak Traction, 21-13 Surfboards, and Seventh Street all really take care of me. Uncle Mike has really helped me out with the California stuff, so Thanks. You should check out his boards they’re sick.
J:  You guys just got a pretty insane snow day. How was that?
S:  The snow day was sick. It was like the perfect example of a good day of surfing in the winter, offshore winds, barrels, and snow.
J: Your first wave is sick. Have you ever gotten a tube like that, be honest?
S:  Ha that’s definitely one of the best barrels I’ve gotten in New Jersey so far. I was just stoked I made it. I should have stood tall in that thing, so I’m kinda bummed.
J: It looked good. I know what you mean though, you spend you’re whole life crouching into the barrel and when the time comes to stand up in one I guess muscle memory just keeps you tucked down.
S:  Haha that makes me feel a little bit better.

OCEAN CITY’S SEAN SANTIAGO

I hope you saw episode 4 on MTV2 this morning. I’ll get that up online as soon as it’s available. I’ve been working on getting up some post show interviews with everyone. Ocean Cities Sean Santiago was the first to finish his homework.

Santi: Sorry for getting back to you so late but it’s been firing the past two days. I have some pictures attached too.

Jake: What did you get up to this summer?

S: For the most part I just worked alot and surfed almost everyday. At night I would do a little lurking.

J: So you’re still scrubbing toilets at 7th street and luring the young daughters of unsuspecting tourists back to your bunk beds?

S: The bunk beds are actually Ryan’s, but of course I am. Maybe even into the back of your creepy green van.

J: Haha. Don’t count on it. What else have you been up to since the show?

S: Since the show, I’ve been finishing up my senior year and applying to colleges and what not. Aside from that, I have just been working on my surfing, competing, and traveling.

J: What Colleges are you applying to? Where have you been traveling?

S: I’ve applied to Point Loma, Flagler, Momouth, and University of San Diego so far. And so far this year I made some trips to Hatteras and New York. In a few weeks I’m heading down to Puerto Rico for about three weeks, and then who knows.

J: Flagler is in my home town, St. Augustine, which is awesome.
Do people at your school watch the show?

S: Yeah tons of people from school have been watching the show. All the teachers are pretty stoked on it.

J: Wow the teachers like it! No disapproving comments from say, the pennywise night?

S: Nope everyone’s psyched for us.

J: Does your mom watch it?

S: Of course she does.

J: What does she think?

S: She laughs alot about most of the stuff that we say and do. She loves it for the most part excluding Pennywise.

J: Are you doing any pro events?

S: I’ve done a few pro junior events this year,the Belmar Pro, and the Grudge Qualifier.

J: What are you going to do next year?

S: As of right now I plan on going to college in Southern California, and doing all the pro junior events out there. I also want to travel a whole bunch.

J: Do you have some sponsors backing that mission?

S: Yeah hopefully. Ergo, Hyperflex Westsuits, Freak Traction, 21-13 Surfboards, and Seventh Street all really take care of me. Uncle Mike has really helped me out with the California stuff, so Thanks. You should check out his boards they’re sick.

J: You guys just got a pretty insane snow day. How was that?

S: The snow day was sick. It was like the perfect example of a good day of surfing in the winter, offshore winds, barrels, and snow.

J: Your first wave is sick. Have you ever gotten a tube like that, be honest?

S: Ha that’s definitely one of the best barrels I’ve gotten in New Jersey so far. I was just stoked I made it. I should have stood tall in that thing, so I’m kinda bummed.

J: It looked good. I know what you mean though, you spend you’re whole life crouching into the barrel and when the time comes to stand up in one I guess muscle memory just keeps you tucked down.

S: Haha that makes me feel a little bit better.

December 25, 2009

Happy Christmas!

Episode 3 is now available online.

In the last episode The Jersey boys celebrated there Red Bull Rider’s Cup victory with a night out on the town. While in Malibu we went home with the Lawsons for dinner, and had a work out with Chandler and her pops. This time on School of Surf we go even further into the day to day lives of everyone. Out west we meet Malibu’s super star Conrad Carr and learn how independent studies gives him all the time in the world to surf. Back east the kids are going to work, Chris Kelly at a Chinese restaurant, and Santi in the surf shop. Oh yeah! we finish it all off with a backyard BBQ for Colton’s sweet 16.

So if your like me and don’t have a TV, here you go, welcome to the future, TV on the internet.

-Jake

PS

I just saw this! we’re getting some re-runs on MTV2

a mini-marathon Saturday night starting at 11:00PM

episodes 1,2,&3 back to back!

December 22, 2009

This just in from New Jersey. You don’t have to go to Hawaii to score epic barrels. In The Garden State it’s just about having patience through week long flat spells for the 1 day of pay off. Scoring barrels like this with just your friends around beats any surf trip you will ever take.

Rob, Chris, Keenan, and Santi scored some insane barrels after that blizzard that just tore up the east coast. I left New York the day before in my typical always-miss-the-epic-days fashion. This shit gives the snowy footage in episode 1 a serious run for it’s money. I just watched it 5 times and I’m freaking out.

JAKE

December 21, 2009

This is Malibu’s Conrad Carr, who we just met today in episode 3. I guess Independent studies does have a few advantages.