Recently, as is the usual for me, I flopped down on the bed. My partner was scrolling through Netflix, looking for something to watch among the countless titles and she landed on Selling the OC. Now, I’m generally not into the real estate shows that have become so popular, but my partner certainly is. I said I didn’t want to watch it, she said she did. So we compromised and watched it. And guess what? I hated how much I loved it. The drama! The obscenely nice houses! The lip filler and boob jobs and unmoving foreheads! I’m a sucker for a drama-filled reality show, and boy-oh-boy, was this ever that.
At some point, I realized that one of the show’s stars seemed vaguely familiar. A handsome, quietly confident man named Tyler. He wore Catch Surf shirts. There was a tiny snippet of him surfing a Catch Surf board in a way that proved that he actually surfed. And then, after a few episodes, I realized that Tyler was none other than Tyler Stanaland, a man who we’ve had on this little website countless times for his preternatural abilities at the Wedge. What, I thought to myself, is Tyler Stanaland doing on Selling the OC, a reality real estate show on a platform with some 220 million subscribers? He’s been around the world chasing waves and generally doing professional surfing things, so I gave him a ring to find out how it all came to be.