WSL & Jeep launch VR experience

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The World Surf League (WSL) and Jeep have released a new virtual reality (VR) experience, Jeep Sessions: A Surfing Journey in 360.

Jeep Sessions follows WSL Championship Tour surfers Jordy Smith and Malia Manuel as each embarks on a Jeep brand adventure to find the best waves. The project can be viewed in both a 360-degree video and an interactive VR experience. The VR application enables users to select their journey through “gaze-based interactions,” where the user’s eyes become the controller within the 360 visuals.

In this VR project launch, WSL teamed up with the Jeep brand and production company, Rapid VR.

“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 Steele, Rapid VR co-director. “I’m excited to share this. It’s pretty incredible knowing my mom can now experience riding a 20-foot wave.”

Fans can enjoy the full Jeep Sessions experience by watching the full videos on WSL.TV/JeepVR. Fans can watch via headset, desktop or mobile. In addition, fans can watch on a custom App experience via a dedicated 360 app downloaded via through iTunes, Google Play, Daydream, or Oculus Gear VR App Stores.

Fans have the option to choose to explore in Smith’s all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler or Manuel's Jeep Renegade. Within the app experience, viewers also have several points of choice presented by Sunny Garcia, Hawaiian surfing star.