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Life In 360°: Riding The Waves

The World Surf League has teamed up with Rapid VR and Jeep for three videos.

It’s funny how talking about the past can apparently summon it. Have you ever had one of those situations where you’re reminiscing, perhaps about an old friend you’ve not seen in apparently forever and then scarcely a hand full of days later you bump into them somewhere entirely unexpected? Strange as it may seem I’ve had one of those types of situations today, except not with people but with a video we’ve featured on VRFocus.

Life In 360° / 360 Degree VideoRegular Life In 360° readers will recall last week when I was discussing hunting for an older video to highlight and stumbling across an old GoPro video about surfing in Tahiti that we featured way back when. Now, to be clear it’s not that video that has cropped up again, but at roughly the same time we also featured Rapid VR who had teamed up with the World Surf League (WSL) to create a 360 degree video. So, I was mildly surprised to find an email about the organisation in my inbox this week because they’ve stepped into the world of virtual reality (VR) again with Rapid VR, this time in partnership with Jeep.

In Jeep® Sessions: A Surfing Journey in 360° you follow WSL Championship Tour surfers Malia Manuel and Jordy Smith and experience a 360 degree surfing journey.

“Our project goal was to push the boundaries of VR technology to show what a surf trip feels like from the first-person perspective,” said Rapid VR’s Taylor Steele, co-Director on the project. “I’m excited to share this. It’s pretty incredible knowing my mom can now experience riding a 20-foot wave.”

There are four videos in the series, three 360 degree videos and a behind the scenes. You can find all of them below.


Jordy’s Surfing Journey in 360 ̊ Jeep

Ride along with WSL Championship Tour surfer Jordy Smith in the All-New 2018 Wrangler and experience an interactive 360-degree journey.


Malia’s Surfing Journey in 360 ̊

Catch some waves with WSL Championship Tour surfer Malia Manuel in a 360-degree interactive journey and experience an off-roading adventure in the Renegade Trailhawk®.


Behind the Scenes

Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look with the Jeep® brand and WSL’s first-ever interactive surf adventure featuring legendary surfers Malia Manuel and Jordy Smith. 


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