"I had no idea there were this many hardcore surf-stoked Texans," said a bewildered Dana Brown while in Corpus Christi last week for the premier of his North Shore documentary, "High Water."
The acclaimed filmmaker was sitting at a table with Texas Gulf Surfing Association president Julie Doyle, event sponsor Mike Doyle, and resident Texas photog Gscott at the Water Street Oyster Bar. They were enjoying the chaos of a roundtable discussion before a "meet and greet" at the Texas Surf Museum.
Texas owes Brown a lot as he's responsible for bringing tanker surfing to the masses in his seminal "Step Into Liquid." After dinner the up-close-and-personal meetings held at the Texas Surf Museum were a brush with stardom for the surf starved, yet stoked group of Texans who attended. Patrons were able to get posters signed and ask questions about the filmmaker's career, and basically just get to know more about the director. It isn't everyday that big name filmmakers or professional surfers visit this obscure little surf town, so needless to say, there was a wonderful turnout for both events.
Brown's new movie follows the 55 days of the North Shore "winter" during the Triple Crown, and the people and characters riding on the coattails of the season. "High Water" walks though the life and deaths of surfers, as well as the trials and tribulations that is big-wave riding on the North Shore of Oahu. Brown's voiceover gives the film depth and a sense of what the North Shore tradition means to the sport.
After two days with amazing attendance and packed venues the crowd didn't disperse until Brown had greeted everyone, answered every question, and pretty much signed every piece of memorabilia thrown in front of him. It was a great couple of days of rubbing elbows with a Hollywood elite without having to purchase a plane ticket to LA. "Dana was willing to come here and give us his time and genuine stoke," said Julie Doyle. "That's what Texas needs!"