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Highwater - Movie Review - 2008

Professional Surfing's Biggest Competition

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Highwater - Movie Review - 2008

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Apostrophe Features/Outsider Films
Starting on Halloween and ending around Christmas, professional surfing's Triple Crown, the final three competitions on the annual tour of contests, attracts the sport's best surfers to conquer the world's biggest waves on the the legendary and extremely dangerous "Seven Mile Miracle" on the North Shore of Oahu. Documentary filmmaker Dana Brown presents scene, the leading players and the history of the competition.

Surfing Legend and Legacy

Filmmaker Dana Brown grew up surrounded by surfing.

As the son of Bruce Brown, the legendary surfer and filmmaker best known for Endless Summer (1966), Dana began hanging ten as a toddler and began assisting 'on set' at an early age.

Brown's highly acclaimed Step Into Liquid (2003), following surfers to secluded spots, is a thrilling display of the sport. Beautifully shot, it carries you into the action -- so much so that you practically feel the spray on your skin.

Highwater, his most recent surfing film presents the Triple Crown, the final three competitions in the annual professional surfing tour, that take place between Halloween and Christmas each year on the North Shore of Oahu.

The surf, the most challenging in the world, has huge and unpredicatble waves that crash into cliffs. It's terrifying territory. And it attracts surfers and surfing fans from around the world.

Brown presents thrilling and terrifying footage of world class professional surfers -- Kelly Slater, Sunny Garcia, Andy Irons, Robbie Page, Pancho Sullivan, Kalani Chapman and many others -- as they compete to conquer the biggest waves.

To give the competition its due, Brown uses archival footage of seasons past and of his own childhood on Oahu to show Hawaii's surfing tradition.

The pipeline footage of star surfers makes this film required viewing for anyone who pursues or want to pursue the sport, but the film will also entertain those who just like to watch great sports performances.

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Film Details:

  • Highwater
  • Director: Dana Brown
  • Release Date: Theatrical Release USA, August 27, 2010
  • Running Time: 90 mins.
  • Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
  • Country: USA
  • Location: North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Apostrophe Features
  • Distribution Company: Outsider Pictures
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