Highwater (film)

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Highwater Poster.jpg
Directed by Dana Brown
Produced by Wes Brown
Johnathan Dorfman
Temple Fennell
Stephen Hays
C. Rich Wilson
Robert Youngs
Written by Dana Brown
Music by Switchfoot
Cinematography J. Steven Matzinger
Edited by Dana Brown
Wes Brown
Release date
  • August 1, 2008 (2008-08-01)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Highwater is a 2008 documentary film centered on surfing's Triple Crown competitions, the professional surfing tour's final three competitions held each year on the North Shore of Oahu. The film is directed by Dana Brown, son of famed surfer and filmmaker Bruce Brown.[1]


Starting on Halloween and ending around Christmas, the competition attracts the sport's best surfers to Oahu's legendary North Shore, known for its huge waves and unparalleled surf. The Vans Triple Crown is the ultimate proving ground for world class surfers,[2] but the event also lures amateur surfers.


Real life drama, humor, death-defying waves, rivalries, parties, heart-break, romance, injuries, and humanity all collide during the nearly two-month competition on Hawaii's 7 Mile Miracle. The film follows multiple story lines over the course of the entire competition, taking the real-life events to construct a moving story.

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The film had its debut in August 2008 at the Surfing Heritage Foundation facility in San Clemente, California.[3][4] The world premiere was held at the Santa Monica Pier on May 22, 2009 in celebrations of the pier's 100th anniversary. Proceeds from the ticket sales went to help restoration of the pier.


  1. ^ Chang, Richard (July 22, 2009). "New surfing film to screen Friday in Newport". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Vans Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of Triple Crown Of Surfing". ESPN.com. ESPN. October 2, 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  3. ^ "'Highwater' premiering at Surfing Heritage Foundation". Global Surf News. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  4. ^ "Dana and Wes Brown's "High Water"". SurfingHeritage.org. Surfing Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 

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