Gathered in a large room at Billabong USA headquarters in Irvine, California, Billabong unveiled their latest and greatest (not counting Andy’s recent win in Tahiti) offering to the surf world--an iPad or iPhone based surfing video game called “Billabong Surf Trip.”. Upon first glance it looks a lot like the old TransWorld SURF video game (which is damn near impossible to find these days) but upon further review, there’s definitely an upgrade for those who are looking to rip on their iPhones and iPads.
While I found the game pretty tough at first (I got pitched several times at Teahupo'o before getting shacked), after a few tries the controls became second nature, but I still kooked out pretty good. Apparently it’s supposed to be tough though, which makes sense because it’d get pretty boring if you were able to master it right off the bat. As well as the previously mentioned Teahupo'o, gamers can tackle HB Pier, Burleigh Heads, and a secret spot in Portugal (Tiago picked that one out).
Billabong brought in a few of it’s team riders, Taj, Tiago Pires, and Maya Gabeira, to give it a go, and not-so-surprisingly, Taj was the best. “Mate, I got the longest pit ever!” he frothed between “sessions.”
After six months of development the game is just about ready to be released to the public--we’ll be sure to let you know when too--it could very well mean less surfers in the lineup!
From Billabong: Media Gets First Hands On Look At New Billabong Surf Trip Video Game
The Surf and Gaming media got its first hand's on look at Billabong's new surf video game yesterday in the conference room at Bong Headquarters in Irvine California. Billabong Surf Trip was received by both members of the surf media and gaming editors and bloggers from all over the gaming world.
"My overall experience with Billabong Surf Trip was a good one," wrote Matt Dunn from the prestigious game site Touch Gen. "The waves are sweet, the controls are solid, and the various maneuvers actually require some skill and timing to pull off."
￼The game is a joint project of Apple, Chillingo (the top video distribution group) Biodroid and Billabong. It will be out sometime later in the season, and looks like it has caught the interest of both surfers and gamers with some interesting new features.
"It's the first game to have wave technology that changes features not only at every surf break but on every wave," said Brad Vandenberg, Billabong Graphic Designer who has been playing a prototype of the game for several months now. "It makes it a unique surf game."
Top surf stars Taj Burrow, Maya Gabiera and Tiago Pires were also on hand and gave the crowd some of their thoughts on how the game had been developed from the surf aficionado's viewpoint.
"Biodroid, the developers of Billabong Surf Trip, said they spent almost 6 months on the algorithms for the procedurally-generated waves in this game, and it definitely shows," wrote Matt Dunn just hours after being treated to a surf session at San Onofre beach by the Billabong crew and then trying the game for himself. "I'm a big video game water nerd, so when I'm impressed with water in a video, it definitely says something."