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Exclusive: Dana Brown on 'Highwater'

18 September 2010 11:00 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

You don’t have to surf to get stoked about Dana Brown’s recent doc Highwater. There’s a lot more than epic 15-foot tubes to admire. The son of Bruce Brown who made the groundbreaking Endless Summer (1966), Brown made his mark with Step into Liquid (2003) and now turns his lens to the beaches of Oahu's North Shore during the Van Triple Crown of Surfing.


But Brown’s coverage is no blow-by-blow rundown of competitors, ratings and elimination rounds. Aside from interviews with some of the sport’s greats like eight-time World Champion Kelly Slater, the audience is also introduced to up-and-coming stars such as the young teenagers Jon-Jon Florence and Carissa Moore as well as others who have sacrificed much for their love of the sport, including shark attack victim Bethany Hamilton and Jessie Billauer, who despite his paralysis after a surfing accident, maintains a passion for the ocean. »

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Fearless Men And Killer Waves Off Hawaii's North Shore

17 August 2010 12:19 AM, PDT | Screen Comment | See recent Screen Comment news »

By Lita Robinson - August 17, 2010

Dana Brown ("Step Into Liquid," "Dust to Glory") grew up in the world of competitive surfing. So it's natural that as a filmmaker he should return to this scene for inspiration. His latest film focuses on the Triple Crown of pro surfing, a nearly two-month competition that takes place on the gorgeous beaches of Oahu’s North Shore. The waves that crash against this beach, we are told, are the most incredible, unpredictable, and dangerous ones in the world, a fitting setting for men and women to battle with nature with nothing but a surfboard to protect them.

After setting the scene with some incredible helicopter shots of the rest of Hawaii, the film introduces us to the heavy hitters of pro surfing off the island's North Shore: gritty underdogs, retiring old pros, a couple of preteen wunderkinds, and many eager young surfers trying to »

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