Highwater – Movie Review
Highwater is a documentary centered around surfing’s Triple Crown competitions, the professional surfing tour’s final three competitions held each year on the North Shore of Oahu.
Highwater is the third generation of surfing movies from the family Brown, no relation. First was Bruce Brown. I think then was Dana Brown, and now Dana and his son Leslie are collaborating on this one. The first one was Endless Summer. The second was Step Into Liquid. This one is called Highwater. To be quite honest, I think this was the least satisfying of the three. All of them seem to be characterized by at least one surfing death per movie, which I guess reminds you that as beautiful as it is, it’s dangerous. The photography in this one is terrific, but I was actually more mesmerized by Step Into Liquid. I mean, it’s a surfer movie. You get to meet the surfer dudes. You get to see some of the women involved in this, but Endless Summer is the iconic surfing film, and I think Step Into Liquid was an improvement just because the photography was so much better. I’m not sure exactly why this one was made, but it’s still a surfer movie. It’s still fun. It’s still summer. So I’ll give it two and a half stars.