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NBC BAY AREA’S EMMY AWARD WINNING SERIES RETURNS WITH “RIDING THE WAVES”

Documentary includes interviews with Santa Cruz historian Kim Stoner, Jane “The Lane” McKenzie, Mavericks founder Jeff Clark, big wave surfers Grant Washburn, Bianca Valenti, Luca Padua, Thomas Lundgard.

"Bay Area Revelations: Riding the Waves” debuts Saturday, April 11th at 10 p.m.

SAN JOSE, CA – (April 6,2020) – NBC Bay Area announced the second of this season’s documentary series Bay Area Revelations with “Riding The Waves” airing on Saturday, April 11 at 10 p.m.

In this installment of our award-winning documentary series, we explore the history, evolution and the mavericks of surfing. The Bay Area is where the wet suit was invented. It’s also the place where the best big wave surfers come to ride some of the biggest waves in the world, despite the rough conditions and chilly waters. We will take you to three main areas that attract people from all over the world: San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, and the World Surfing Reserve in Santa Cruz.

“Surfing is a sport like no other, and as it enters the realm of Olympic competition, we wanted to take a deep dive into its roots right here in the Bay Area,” said Stacy Owen, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area. “In Riding the Waves, you get swept up in the passion and determination it takes to face the unforgiving conditions of our waters, and the special breed of men and women who ride mountains."

Surfing can be a dangerous sport. It’s also a sport anyone can enjoy – whether it’s riding a 60-foot wave or a 2-foot wave. Hear from the men and women who are taking big risks for the ride of their like, what it’s like to catch a wave and how their sport is changing.

Featured Interviews: Santa Cruz historian Kim Stoner, Jane “The Lane” McKenzie, Mavericks founder Jeff Clark, big wave surfers Grant Washburn, Bianca Valenti, Luca Padua, Thomas Lundgard. Also featured, renowned surfing photographer Sachi Cunningham and the co-founder of “Brown Girl Surf” in Oakland, Mira Manickam-Shirley.

"Bay Area Revelations: Riding The Wave" will debut Saturday, April 11 at 10 p.m. Encore presentations will air Saturday, April 18 at 1 a.m. after Saturday Night Live. Click here to watch a preview of the episode.

About Bay Area Revelations

The Bay Area Revelations series tells the untold stories of the people, places and moments that have shaped the Bay Area into the unique region it is today. Previous chapters of the series include Dreamers & Disruptors revealing how Silicon Valley became the center of the information age; The Icons telling the stories of the Bay Area’s most iconic moments, monuments and movements; The Artists exploring Bay Area arts, Passion to Preserve telling the environmental story of the Bay Area; Game Changers profiling some of the most powerful and influential women in the Bay Area, The Evolution of Games about the gaming industry in the Bay Area and Culture of Hip Hop exploring how hip hop has impacted the Bay Area and tells the story of the fiercely independent artists who created their own sound and set their own rule. To watch clips from previous Bay Area Revelations episodes, click here.

About NBC Bay Area / KNTV

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.3.

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