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Brown assembles all the pieces necessary for even a lay person to understand the many events that make up this annual event. Comprised of interviews with surfers (mostly) as well as coordinators, the film charts the rise of surfing from a rogue endeavor to a multi-billion dollar enterprise. The Triple Crown season, in fact, is absolutely overrun by press and spectators--a far cry from the North Shore of yesteryear. Brown also tackles the emergence of women within the industry and showcases how, in recent years, this has become a large financial draw as well. But mostly, "Highwater" just presents the sport and its champions. And it is some of the most exciting big wave surfing that you're likely to encounter. And in Blu-ray, forget about it, this is one gorgeous looking film!
If I had one small criticism, the film is very aggressively edited.Read more ›
If you have interest in surfing or Hawaii, you'll like this film. Not as good or as exciting as other surf documentaries, it does still further the story. Of particular interest will be the accidental death of a member of the surf tribe and the story of the very young future surfer.
I also was on the North Shore in December, 2005, when this was filmed.
Maybe my anticipation had my expectations too high, but for me, it wasn't as good a documentary as Step. The movie didn't flow (bad pun) as well - it was as if it was forced together.
Am I glad I own it - yes, will I watch it again before watching Step Into Liquid - probably not.
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Very good documentary, also shows Malik Joyeux and those impacted by his life.Published 6 months ago by N Rhodes
Very interesting. I enjoyed that women's surfing was covered and the cinematography was great. Maybe not as stunning as some others documentaries, but still a great film.Published 7 months ago by Big Wave
Back stories very interesting and informative. Footage excellent. Need to find movie with more longboarding!Published 11 months ago by Lori Lashbrook
Another good surf flick for the hardcore surfer. Wished there were more shots like the one on the cover in the movie.Published 13 months ago by Pirate Booty