Irvin, CA—Question: What do you get when a handful of theworld’s best surfers, snowboarders and skateboarders, as well as a criticallyacclaimed musician, converge on a lush island resort off the coast of Sumatra? Answer: The eagerly-awaited first installment of The Benji Project.

Produced and hosted by full-time waterman / part-time comedian, BenjiWeatherley, over the next six months The Benji Project will trek to the ends of theearth and back again to document the unique lifestyle and exciting adventuresafforded some of today’s top action sports athletes and the musicians whoinspire them.

Although The Benji Project isn’t set to release until summer 2007, the first trip isalready well underway. Benji along with fellow pro surfers Kalani Robb, YadinNichols, Rizal Tanjung, Ross Williams and Tom Carroll have joined forces withpro skater Tosh Townend, musician Jack Johnson, and Forum’s own JP Walkerto live the dream and surf their hearts out at picturesque Kandui Resort in theremote Mentawai Islands chain. By all accounts, the trip has been nothing shortof mind-blowing so far with glassy, overhead conditions and barrels galore. Trulyan epic adventure!

“This place is amazing, and I’m thinking about changing professions right aboutnow, jokes JP. “I’m excited to have world class waves at my disposal, and I feelreally lucky to be a part of this trip and fortunate that I get to travel to such anawesome place with such a great group of people.

Look for all-access, behind-the-scenes coverage of The Benji Project’s firstinstallment on FUEL TV and in the pages of TransWorld Surf in the monthsahead.

For more information, please contact:Nikki Scoggins / The Program* / (949) 790-2314 / nikkis@theprogram.comGreg Waters / Enright / (646) 366-8202 / greg@enrightcommunications.com