After enjoying an incredible 15th year, BL BLAST OFF returns for 2021 bigger than ever. As in 2020, the event goes properly global with the challenge taking place in its new video format. Despite local COVID-related restrictions, BL BLAST OFF has found a way to continue, encouraging grommets and their families alike to submit their best videos for the challenge online.

Debuting last year as a way of welcoming kids and families around the world to the BL BLAST OFF fold, the Global Video Challenge saw over 500 videos submitted from 20 countries and some incredible young surfers rise to the top and impress. This year, BL BLAST OFF is running from Oct. 15 through Dec. 3.

Since BL BLAST OFF teamed up with GoPro for 2021, we've introduces some new categories to the Global Video Challenge which put a special emphasis on video treatments and presentation. For the budding and aspiring filmmakers, this one's for you!

“I believe GoPro  to be the perfect partner for the BLAST OFF community," says Barton. "They  have revolutionized action sports photography and Blast Off represents the future of surfing talent and together we can create and capture historical moments.”

Every video submitted for BL BLAST OFF this year will receive coaching feedback and advice from a selected range of professional coaches, imparting their invaluable experience and advice to young groms around the world. It’s an opportunity for boys and girls, 14 years and under, to learn from some of surfing’s most trusted and experienced names.

“Blast Off is for everyone and the format means that regardless of your current standard of surfing, you will improve in the event window and the more you absorb yourself in the community, the more you will BLAST OFF your surfing!”

Winners will be announced in the following categories:

  • Events Youngest Participant
  • Public Vote Winners for boys and girls 
  • Best Wave
  • Best Tube
  • Best Air
  • Worst Wipeout
  • Divisional winners
  • Girls & Boys 8s
  • Girls & Boys 10s
  • Girls & Boys 12s
  • Girls & Boys 14s
  • Experts Choice
  • Experts Choice Girls
  • Experts Choice Boys
  • Most Potential
  • BL’s MVP 
  • And new for 2021 are the "GoPro Quik app edit"
  • And the overall Blast Off "Best Edit"

Grommets are encouraged to film and upload as many videos as they want via through Dec. 3. Submission can be a single wave or manouvre, or an edited cut.

You must be 14 or under as of Dec. 31, 2021 to be eligible. More information about the history of BL Blast Off and this year’s challenge can be found at the event’s official website.