Digital Domain Studio And The World Surf League Partner To Give Fans A 360-Degree VR Experience

Saturday, Aug 27, 2016

Digital Domain and the World Surf League (WSL) recently partnered to give surf fans a virtual reality viewing experience. Action sports have always pushed the boundaries of video production, and in the past few years they have begun to break down VR walls as well.

The WLS features the best surfers on the planet, and Digital Domain just gave fans a breathtaking VR look at of one of the biggest Men’s Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour events. The Billabong Pro Tahiti, the seventh stop of the 11-stage tour, is one of the most popular events of the year. And the most famous men’s surfer, Kelly Slater, just took home the crown.

Digital Domain filmed a ton of competition footage in immersive 360-degree VR. The wide-ranging footage includes POV shots from surfers and exclusive Q&A’s with the athletes. Some of the best footage gives fans a bird’s eye view, following the surfers as they ride beautiful waves with 360-degree close-up shots. Some of the footage is currently available on the WSL’s Facebook page.

Samsung experimented with their VR technology in Tahiti last summer, and the results were pretty great. But Digital Domain’s footage is even more crisp and clear.

The Tahitian event is the second one Digital Domain and WSL have covered together. This event is world famous. Not only for its massive waves, but because they break in an extremely shallow reef directly off the coast.

Tim Greenberg, SVP of Digital for the World Surf League, is extremely excited about this new partnership. “We can now transport viewers into the center of the action, and with innovative cameras and advanced 360° filming techniques, Digital Domain was able to perfectly capture the beauty and drama of the sport.”

Many people might not know Digital Domain by name, but their work will be familiar to most. The visual effects and digital production company started in the early 1990’s, since then their work has won multiple Academy Awards. They have worked on classic films such as Titanic and Apollo 13, and most recently Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse.


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