Step Into Highwater With Dana Brown

Dana Point filmmaker Dana Brown returns to the surf for his next documentary, Highwater, which is scheduled to make its Orange County premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, in the Regency Lido in Newport Beach.

As he did with Step Into Liquid and Dust to Glory, which both marked their local debuts with sellouts in the same historic theater, Brown will be at the Lido to talk about his film with the audience and take questions after the screening, which is presented by the Newport Beach Film Festival in partnership with Regency Theatres and Apostrophe Films.

After Dust to Glory plopped Brown in the mud of Baja racing, he'd said he really was not interested in making another surf movie. But the lure of the Highwater story was too much to resist for the son of legendary surf filmmaker Bruce Brown (The Endless Summer).
Written and directed by Dana Brown and produced by C. Rich Wilson, Highwater focuses on the OP Pro Hawaii professional surfing competition—which rounds out the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing along with the O'Neill World Cup at Sunset Beach and Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters—that takes place from November to January on the North Shore of Oahu.

The film captures the stories of everyone from surfing legends to rising stars who descend on Haleiwa. Included are Kelly Slater, Tom Curren, Sunny Garcia, Kalani Chapman, Jon-Jon Florence, Malik Joyeux, Mark Healy, Poncho Sullivan, Pat O'Connell and Jessie Billauer. The film also chronicles female surfers such as Sofia Mulanovich, Chelsea Georgeson, Rochelle Ballard, Lisa Anderson, Layne Beachley, Kealla Kennelly, Carissa Moore and Bethany Hamilton competing in the Roxy Pro and Billabong Pro.

San Diego alt-rock/power pop band Switchfoot wrote original music for the film, which also includes contributions from ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, the Sprung Monkeys' Steve Somers, guitarist/singer/songwriter Ryan Ferguson, Matt Costa, Wolf Mother, Rodrigo y Gabrielle, the Mother Hips and Slightly Stoopid. Phil Marshall wrote the original score.

A portion of the proceeds from the opening night screening go to the NBFF. The Lido is at 3459 Via Lido Drive, Newport Beach, and the $15 are available online at


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