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Johnny Tsunami (1999)

TV-G | | Drama, Family, Sport | TV Movie 24 July 1999
A Hawaiian teenage surfer shows off his skills when he takes to the snow slopes in Vermont.


Steve Boyum


Ann Austen (as Ann Knapp), Douglas Sloan (as Doug Sloan)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Johnny Tsunami
Brandon Baker ... Johnny Kapahaala
Mary Page Keller ... Melanie
Yuji Okumoto ... Pete
Lee Thompson Young ... Sam Sterling
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Sgt. Sterling
Kirsten Storms ... Emily
Zachary Bostrom ... Brett (as Zach Bostrom)
Gregory Itzin ... Headmaster Pritchard
Taylor Moore Taylor Moore ... Jake
Anthony DiFranco Anthony DiFranco ... Eddie
Steve Van Wormer ... Randy
Noah Bastian ... Aaron
Gabriel Luque Gabriel Luque ... Matt
Anne Sward ... Miss Arthur


A Hawaiian teenage surfer shows off his skills when he takes to the snow slopes in Vermont.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Temperature Is Down... But The Surf Is Up!


Drama | Family | Sport


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Did You Know?


Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is only 9 years older than Yuji Okumoto, who plays his son. See more »


When Johnny first talks to Sam, the snowflakes in Johnny's hair, and the amount of snow on Sam's hat keeps changing instantly between shots. It isn't snowing, and the shots cut too fast for the snow to be able to rearrange itself so quickly. See more »


Brett: Hey.
[Brett waves at Johnny to come over]
Johnny Kapahaala: Let me guess. No sky's allowed?
Brett: No. What you did yesterday, Getting massive air up off that jump to help Sam and that sky girl, mad props dude, you're a real charger.
Johnny Kapahaala: Oh thanks bro, I didn't know you even saw that?
[Sam throws the hat at Johnny]
Johnny Kapahaala: Oh what's this?
Sam Sterling: Hey now you're cool enough.
[Johnny laughs]
Brett: Going on a sky raid.
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Followed by Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007) See more »


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User Reviews

Get real-that's not Vermont!
25 March 2020 | by mimiquagSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed the surfing, skiing and snow boarding scenes. Johnny Tsunami and his grandson and his friends were very like able characters.

On the other hand, The prep school characters were stereotyped and hard to believe and, having lived and skied in Vermont, I was disappointed with their poor imitation of that awesome state. Background info implies that they were actually skiing in Utah- so why couldn't they use Utah in the story line? The most ridiculous scene is the "luau" they have in the backyard of their Vermont home right after a snow sport race: some people are bundled in winter coats and hats while others are in Hawaiian shirts with no coat and it's obviously warm with no snow to be seen! Come on-Winter on the mountain and summer in the valley? Maybe in Hollywood, but not in Vermont!

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Release Date:

24 July 1999 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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