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      Released Aug 27, 2010 1 hr. 30 min. Documentary Adventure List
      43% 14 Reviews Tomatometer 74% 500+ Ratings Audience Score Surfers are followed as they compete in the Triple Crown competitions in Oahu. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member From the director of 'Step Into Liquid' (and son of the legendary director of 'Endless Summer'), comes a movie that doesn't quite make it up to par with the others. Yes, it has some great surf footage from the top pro-surfers (guys & ladies), but the movie can't decide if it's a documentary on 2009's Triple Crown contest or a documentary about life and the history of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. If you love surfing, you'll like it. If you don't, you'll at least 'get it' with this movie. It explains itself well to the novice viewer. I'd choose a few other surf movies to watch first though. Rating: 6/10 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/18 Full Review Audience Member MAKES ME WANNA GO TO THE BEACH Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Makes you feel like you are there. Great cinematography too. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Looking forward to seeing this again on DVD. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member I love surfing documentaries, and this one is pretty dang good. It's all about the triple-crown competition on the Big Island's North Shore. It was cool to see the places that I visited (I didn't surf) a few years ago. I was there a few weeks before the competition, and never in my life had I witness such strong, powerful waves. It's intense. The film moves a little too fast, and fails to deliver a compelling narrative. However, the surfing footage is awesome. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the better surf movies I've seen lately. It features the athletes, community and families at the North Shore during The Van's Triple Crown of Surfing. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle Everyone is a saint in Brown's eyes, and few are especially interesting as a result. Rated: 2/4 Sep 2, 2010 Full Review Jeff Shannon Seattle Times Serving as director, co- editor and narrator, Brown turns the obsession of top-ranking surfers into a universally appealing celebration of excellence on the treacherous North Shore of Oahu. Rated: 3/4 Sep 2, 2010 Full Review Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine Brown's work here evinces the technically deficient and emotionless curiosity of a sellout. Rated: 1.5/4 Aug 30, 2010 Full Review Cole Smithey The big waves of Bruce Brown's famous '60s surfer movies like "Endless Summer" recede in son Dana Brown's piecemeal documentary about the 2005 Oahu North Shore Triple Crown surfing competition. Rated: C- Sep 8, 2010 Full Review Beth Accomando In a way, Highwater is the antithesis of The Endless Summer, the film made by Brown's father, Bruce Brown, more than four decades ago. Sep 6, 2010 Full Review David Noh Film Journal International This surfing documentary plays like a more intimate, folksy companion piece to its superior predecessor, Step into Liquid. Aug 31, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Surfers are followed as they compete in the Triple Crown competitions in Oahu.
      Dana Brown
      Executive Producer
      Johnathan Dorfman, Temple Fennell, Stephen Hays, Robert Youngs
      Dana Brown
      Outsider Pictures
      Production Co
      ATO Pictures
      Documentary, Adventure
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 27, 2010, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 30, 2017
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