Blue Water High: episode guide

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The Contenders

Episode 1.01
Australia: Wed, May 11, 2005 (ABC)
Germany: Sept 29, 2005
Script: Shelley Birse
Director: Ralph Strasser

Every year at the high performance surf academy Blue Water High, seven talented teenagers are selected for an intensive, twelve month residential surfing and schooling program. And for two very exceptional students, the year will form the launching pad to the world of their dreams — to surf the pro circuit.

Controversy surrounds the final heats for the Solar Blue Surf Academy when the last place goes to a German kiteboarder and the local favourite misses out.

Starring: Kate Bell as Bec, Khan Chittenden as Edge, Chris Foy as Matt, Sophie Luck as Fly, Adam Saunders as Heath, Mara Scherzinger as Anna, Tahyna Tozzi as Perri, Nadine Garner as Deborah, Martin Lynes as Simmo

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Matt Rudduck as Joe, Lochie Daddo as Andrew, Jessica Smith as Stacey, Lynn Watson as Nurse

Surfers: Chris Salisbury, Kelly Hespe, Jess Haverfield, Paige Lisson, Sean Stickley, Shane Carroll, Tara Ryan

Winners and Losers

Episode 1.02
Australia: May 18, 2005
Germany: October 06, 2005
Script: Shelley Birse
Director: Ralph Strasser

Anna's feeling the pressure and challenges Bec's brother Joe to a surf-off; if he wins, she'll leave. Despite the treacherous conditions, Anna surfs like a champion. She wins the respect of her team-mates, and Bec's grudging approval.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Matt Rudduck as Joe, Michael Piccirilli as Kiteboard Hirer

Surfers: Melanie Redman-Carr, Daniel Asmus; Kiteboarder: Cora Bernardinatti

Trouble in Paradise

Episode 1.03
Australia: May 25, 2005
Germany: October 13, 2005
Script: Charlie Richardson
Director: Ralph Strasser

The school surf competition falls on the same day as the Solar Blue contract signing function and Matt puts himself on the line to attend both. Matt's commitment to the Academy is questioned — until Matt points out they have a commitment to school as well.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Matt Rudduck as Joe, Barry Langrishe as Mr. Exeter, Don Halbert as Mr. Savin, Angus Stone as Jarvey, Kayla Brandt as Blair, Vanessa Steele as Ms Lane, Sean McFarren as Contest Judge, Lochie Daddo as Andrew, Peter Hieatt as Solar Blue Sales Rep., Kelly Hespe as Leg Rope Girl

Surfers: Shane Carroll, Chantelle McCoy, Paige Lisson, Christo Hall, Jay Quinn, Daniel Asmus

Fly Takes A Dive

Episode 1.04
Australia: June 01, 2005
Germany: October 20, 2005
Script: Jennifer Mellet
Director: Ian Watson

Fly is homesick and accidentally runs up a huge bill on Anna's mobile. She secretly starts work at a carwash to try and pay it off but breaks the machinery, ending up deeper in debt. She's about to quit when the team comes to her rescue. Meanwhile, Deb breaks the news to the kids they'll be doing community service work in addition to their schooling and surfing.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Ryan Kuper as Ben, Rel Hunt as Casey, Noel Hodda as George, Luke Henderson as Garage Hand

Surfers: Chris Salisbury, Sean Stickley; Kiteboarders: James Johnson, Cora Bernardinatti

Anna Loses Her Way

Episode 1.05
Australia: June 08, 2005
Germany: October 27, 2005
Script: Shelley Birse
Director: Ralph Strasser

Anna's last on the Academy's scoreboard, and despite Simmo's coaching, her surfing is deteriorating. Homesick for Germany, Anna can't see how she'll ever compete with the others. She books her ticket home and gives away precious surfing points until Perri reveals a confidential Solar Blue file. Inside is a letter from her old coach saying she'll never make it — all the motivation Anna needs to stay. Perri agrees to give her extra coaching, and Anna's back on track.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Emma Davey as Travel Agent, Justin Vassalo as Jesse, Chanelle Johnson as Quin, 78 Saab as The Band, Holly Matthewson as Anna Surfing Double

Edge Wipes Out

Episode 1.06
Australia: June 15, 2005
Germany: November 10, 2005
Script: John Armstrong
Director: Tony Tilse

Edge is losing surf competitions because he won't take Simmo's advice to do fewer crowd-pleasing aerials and more judge-pleasing manoeuvres. Edge goes kite-boarding in rough seas after only one lesson, because he's sure he's got the talent to handle it. After he crashes and almost drowns, and Bec puts her own life at risk to rescue him, there appears to be a spark between the two tough surfers. Edge is forced to rethink his attitude.

With: Chris Pitman as Policeman, Sean McFarren as Announcer, Jon Kiely as Panel Beater, Jay Bolton as Edge Kiteboard Double

Surfers: Holly Matthewson, Christo Hall, Sean Stickley, Shane Carroll

Friends in Need

Episode 1.07
Australia: June 22, 2005
Germany: November 17, 2005
Script: Shelley Birse
Director: Tony Tilse

Heath's failing at school and copies Matt's project in desperation. When they both lose school marks and surfing points for cheating, Matt feels betrayed. Matt's been mystified by some rare local fish, but Heath discovers their secret. He thinks outside the square, making a project about the fish that wins back Matt's friendship, and their school marks.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Barry Langrishe as Mr Exeter, Don Halbert as Mr Savin, Kain O'Keeffe as Ryan, James Johnson as Surfer

Note: Kain O'Keeffe will return as a regular in series 3

Brothers and Sisters

Episode 1.08
Australia: June 29, 2005
Germany: November 24, 2005
Script: John Armstrong
Director: Ian Watson

Bec's friendship with her brother Joe has suffered since she made it into the Academy. Her allegiance is tested when Joe starts hanging out with a new crowd who are determined to make life difficult for the Solar Blue team. When she catches him stealing surfboards, the team pressures her to call the police but she knows this could destroy their relationship.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Matt Rudduck as Joe, Tina Bursill as Katrina, Ryan Kuper as Ben, Luke Cleary as Mick, Lindsay Farris as Cal, Connor Van Vuuren as Josh, Steve Jory as Nathan

Surfers: Chris Salisbury, Kelly Hespe, James Johnson, Marcus Brandon, Sean Stickley, Shane Carroll, Melanie Redman-Carr

Sharks In The Mind

Episode 1.09
Australia: July 06, 2005
Germany: December 01, 2005
Script: Shelley Birse
Director: Ian Watson

A shark scare brings everyone's greatest fear to the surface. Matt's seemingly unshakeable, until his his father Ewan unexpectedly arrives at the Academy to persuade him to leave and join his crayfishing business, but that's the last thing Matt wants. Matt has his own plans for the future but his fear of disloyalty to his father affects his surfing.

With: Brian Meegan as Ewan, Rel Hunt as Casey, James Belfrage as Male Interviewer, Amanda Robinson as Female Interviewer, Matthew Bolton as Boat Buyer

Surfers: Kelly Hespe, Jess Haverfield, Lindsay Noyes, Paige Lisson, Eliza Dean, Sean Stickley, Damien Geyle, Shane Carroll, Jay Quinn

Timing Is Everything

Episode 1.10
Australia: July 13, 2005
Germany: December 08, 2005
Script: Noel Price
Director: Tony Tilse

Perri's parents' financial trouble leaves her cash-strapped and embarrassed. When a rival sponsor offers her a modelling contract, she thinks about leaving Solar Blue Academy. The modelling contract falls through at the last minute leaving Perri's back at square one.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Andrew McFarlane as Warren, Raelee Hill as Lucy, Lara Cox as Erica, Suzie Steen as Mother

Surfers: Paige Lisson, Sean Stickley, Melanie Redman-Carr

Out Of Control

Episode 1.11
Australia: July 20, 2005
Germany: December 15, 2005
Script: Jennifer Mellet
Director: Ralph Strasser

Matt and Edge are vying for top position on the Academy scoreboard but their friendly competition quickly gets out of control. Egged on by Heath, and the arrival of a pretty new girl, they challenge each other to a dangerous surfing stunt. When the stunt almost kills Bec's little brother Ben, Matt and Edge realise there's a difference between acceptable risk and irresponsible behaviour.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Juliette Harkness as Laurel, Ryan Kuper as Ben, Kayla Brandt as Amber, Francesca Schmutz as Leah, Angus Stone as Jarvey, Jessica Whitehall as Drama Teacher, Sean McFarren as Judge, Jinka Meagher as School Kid

Surfers: Sean Stickle, John Kiely, Josh Randle, Shane Carroll, Natalie Edwards

Dreams and Dramas

Episode 1.12
Australia: July 27, 2005
Germany: December 15, 2005
Script: Shelley Birse
Director: Tony Tilse

Fly's having strangely romantic dreams about Heath, and she's desperate not to give away how she feels. On the eve of her birthday she complains to Anna about missing her friends back home — and about being treated like a little kid. Anna organises a party to cheer her up, making the others take Fly on a surfing trip so it can be a surprise. After a comedy of errors trying to avoid Heath, Fly ends up having to own up to her feelings.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Kain O'Keeffe as Ryan, Andrew Haviland as Bus driver, Luke Woollcott as School kid, Glenn Murphy as Fisherman, Emma Nicholls as Policewoman [Sgt Cameron], Simon French as Hoon

Surfers: Paige Lisson, Jess Harverfield, James Johnson, Sean Stickle

A Life On The Line

Episode 1.13
Australia: August 03, 2005
Germany: December 22, 2005
Script: Shelley Birse
Director: Ian Watson

Perri rescues someone from the surf, only to discover that he's an adrenalin junkie who's risked both their lives to seek attention. She's hailed as a hero but is so traumatised that she vows never to rescue anyone again. It's Matt who gives her the confidence to go back on patrol. He teaches her some self-defence techniques so she won't have to risk her own life to save someone else's.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Rel Hunt as Casey, Nicholas Mercer as Morgan, Juliette Harkness as Laurel

Surfers: Lyndsay Noyes, Kelly Hespe, Jess Haverfield, Paul Douglas, Sean Stickley, Shane Carroll, Jay Quinn, Jason Gammell, Matt McDonald, Phillip Partridge

Bad Boy Heath

Episode 1.14
Australia: August 10, 2005
Germany: Decemebr 22, 2005
Script: Noel Price
Director: Ralph Strasser

Deb asks the team to judge each other in a surf competition, so they conspire to score each other highly. Heath falls in love with the new girl at school, avoiding training to be with her, and lying to everyone in the process. When Fly catches him out, she deducts points from his score and spoils the scoring plan.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Chrissie Rose as Jane, Justin Martin as Brad

Surfers: Kelly Hespe, Jess Haversfield, Paige Lisson, Sean Stickley, Shane Carroll, James Johnson, Lyndsay Noyes

Joker's Wild

Episode 1.15
Australia: August 17, 2005
Germany: Decemebr 29, 2005
Script: Michael Miller
Director: Marcus Cole

Fly's losing surf contests because she's too passive, but when she finally surfs to win at a regional girls comp, her friendship with Bec is put to the test. The boys are supposed to be support crew, but get caught up in a battle of practical jokes. Perri is not laughing when she's caught in the crossfire.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Liz Cantor as Corin, Jessica Smith as Stacey, Nick Gulliver as Announcer, Sean Kennedy as Male Reporter

Surfers: Kelly Hespe, Jess Haverfield, Paige Lisson, Lauren Evener, Heidi Hamster, Melanie Redman-Carr

It's Hard To Be Normal

Episode 1.16
Australia: August 24, 2005
Germany: Decemebr 29, 2005
Script: Shelley Birse
Director: Ian Watson

After pushing herself to the limit with a hardcore training regime, Anna decides its time to let her hair down and be a normal teenager. The others are busy making a video presentation to win sponsorship for some new boards. On a date with Bec's brother Joe, Anna loses track of time. She misses the deadline for the video, and almost ruins her friends' chances for sponsorship.

With: Matt Rudduck as Joe, Anh Do as Robbo, Nathalie Roy as Claudia, Anya Seyfert as Greta, Daniel Friedl as German Boy

Surfers: Jenna Mally, Jess Haverfield, Lyndsay Noyes, Sean Stickley, Patrick McEwan, Daniel Asmus, Shane Carroll, Karl Woolcott, James Johnson, Paige Lisson, Melanie Redman-Carr, Andy Grant

Perri Lies Low

Episode 1.17
Australia: August 31, 2005
Germany: January 05, 2006
Script: Michael Miller
Director: Ian Watson

Perri's diabetes is revealed when she collapses into a coma. Deb's forced to tell Solar Blue, who are nervous about sponsoring a surfer with a potentially life-threatening condition. Matt campaigns on Perri's behalf, and she's allowed to stay. The only obstacle left — convincing Perri that diabetes won't stop her from being a champion.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Abe Forsythe as Alec, John Gregg as Doctor, Lynn Watson as Nurse, Imogen Annesley as Karen Moss, Duncan Berryman as Who Knows [the dog]

Surfers: Paige Lisson, Jason Woodrow, Danny Woodrow, Patrick McEwan, Sarah Grieve

Winning Isn't Everything

Episode 1.18
Australia: September 07, 2005
Germany: January 05, 2006
Script: Shelley Birse
Director: Ralph Strasser

Edge alienates the boys with his 'win at all costs' attitude at a triathlon event, by not helping Matt when he falls off his bike. To teach him a lesson, Heath doesn't bother to pick up a race marker when it falls over, and Edge takes the wrong path, getting completely lost in the National Park

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Jamie Glasscock as SES Worker, Alan Vaughan as Bike Double

Right Dance — Wrong Partner

Episode 1.19
Australia: September 14, 2005
Germany: January 12, 2006
Script: Kristen Dunphy
Director: Marcus Cole

Edge assumes Bec will be his partner for the school formal. Bec, sick of being taken for granted, invites Heath to be her partner instead. Chasing some big waves just before the dance, Edge takes Heath's jet ski without asking and damages it accidentally. It all comes to a head when Heath sees his dented jet ski. The night ends in a fistfight on the dance floor, and Bec is left wondering just what she saw in Edge.

With: Matt Rudduck as Joe, Andrew James as Formal DJ

Surfers: Jason Gribble, Paige Lisson, Sean Stickley, Shane Carroll, Jack Lewis, Daniel Amus

Big Wave Fears

Episode 1.20
Australia: September 21, 2005
Germany: January 19, 2006
Script: Kristen Dunphy
Director: Ralph Strasser

Bec is invited to a big wave competition in Tahiti, but she's nervous about surfing heavy waves, and at the same time trying to get Edge out of her head. The other girls suspect Bec has been chosen because her family knows the competition sponsors and give her the cold shoulder. When Edge points this out during a massive fight with Bec, she takes a risk surfing in huge swell and ends up in hospital.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly Matt Rudduck as Joe, Vanessa Steele as Ms Lane

Surfers: Jenna Malloy, Kelly Hespe, Sean Stickley

The Kiss

Episode 1.21
Australia: September 28, 2005
Germany: January 19, 2006
Script: Shelley Birse
Director: Marcus Cole

Perri's feelings for Edge come to a head when she's spooked by a tramp hiding out in the board shed. When Edge accompanies her back to the shed in search of a lost ring, she kisses him. Edge is quite confused, but wants to forget it; after all he's keen on Bec. Consumed with guilt, Perri tries to make things 'normal' with Edge, and that's when Matt and Bec find out. The team's training regime is stepped up a notch when they are forced by Deb to train fully clothed in the pool to build up their strength: they are not happy!

With: Kim Sanders as Homeless Man

Behind The Scenes

Episode 1.22
Australia: October 05, 2005
Germany: January 26, 2006
Script: Noel Price
Director: Marcus Cole

Heath is pressured by a ruthless surf magazine editor to secretly take 'behind the scenes' photos of the Academy couples and their romantic antics. Deb's also keeping close watch on the starry-eyed pairs, worried there's too much fooling around and not enough training. Simmo's solution is to throw extra training at the team, in the vain hope they'll be too exhausted for a social life.

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Scott McGregor as Harvey, Matt Rudduck as Joe

Tough Choices

Episode 1.23
Australia: October 12, 2005
Germany: February 02, 2006
Script: Kristen Dunphy
Director: Ian Watson

Heath persuades Anna to sneak down the coast with him for a kiteboarding competition. Anna wins the comp and is faced with a dilemma after winning entry into the South Coast junior kiteboarding team — should she give up surfing and return to her first love?

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Matt Rudduck as Joe, Cecily Polson as Heath's Grandma, Nick Druce as Commenter, Michael Balk as Photographer, Sarah Willissee as Female Journalist, Sunny Boy Kiely as Sunny, Cora Berardinatti as Kite Board Double

Surfers: Heath Irving, Melanie Redman-Carr, Paige Lisson, Jess Harverfield, Jenna Malloy, Sean Stickley

The Band Plays On

Episode 1.24
Australia: October 19, 2005
Germany: February 09, 2006
Script: Kristen Dunphy
Director: Ian Watson

Bec negotiates for the Blue Water Surf Club to host the local surf comp, taking the event away from her father's rival club. Solar Blue agrees to pay for everything but a band for the after party. The newly-formed Solar Blue band promises to play, but Fly's lack of musical ability threatens to turn the evening into a disaster.

With: Matt Rudduck as Joe, Simon Westaway as Bec's Father, Nick Gulliver as Announcer, Angus Stone as Jarvey, Geordie Weber as Sticks, Sigourney Gray as Band Heckler, Jeff Galea as Music Director

Surfers: Jess Harverfield, Kelly Hespe, Laura Evener, Shane Carroll, Heath Irving, Sean Stickley

Suspicious Minds

Episode 1.25
Australia: October 26, 2005
Germany: February 16, 2006
Script: Merilyn Slade
Director: Ralph Strasser

Heath's perpetual lateness affects his year ten certificate exam. Simmo has no choice but to deduct points which means he might not even qualify for the final surf-off for the wildcard. Heath's on the point of giving up, suspicious that Simmo and Deb have already chosen the winners. The team helps Heath claw back the points he needs.

With (actual): Liz Burch as Jilly, Don Halbert as Mr Savin, Simon Westaway as Bec's Father

Surfers (actual): unknown

Note: the listed guest cast and surfers in the end credits are duplicated from episode 1

And The Winner Is...

Episode 1.26
Australia: November 02, 2005
Germany: February 23, 2006
Script: Noel Price
Director: Ralph Strasser

It's what everyone's been working for — the final competition for a wildcard into the World Championship Tour and a year's worth of Solar Blue sponsorship. While Bec and Edge move out to focus on winning, Heath confronts the reality of his exam results and everyone surfs brilliantly!

With: Liz Burch as Jilly, Matt Rudduck as Joe, Ryan Kuper as Ben, Lochie Daddo as Andrew, Don Halbert as Mr Savin, Davie McCormack and The Polaroids as The Band

Surfers: Jenna Malloy, Melanie Redman-Carr, Jess Haverfield, Paige Lisson, Shane Carroll, James Johnson, Sean Stickley, Lyndsay Noyes