New Award-Winning Film on Surfing and Sailing Legend Woody Brown Now Available on DVD

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"Of Wind and Waves: The Life of Woody Brown", a new award-winning hour-long documentary on a 94-year-old legend in the worlds of surfing, sailing and soaring, is now available on DVD at The film won the Inspiration Award at MountainFilm Telluride Festival.

"Of Wind and Waves: The Life of Woody Brown", a new award-winning hour-long documentary on a 94-year-old legend in the worlds of surfing, sailing and soaring, is now available on DVD at

Produced and directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker David L. Brown, Of Wind and Waves won the Inspiration Award at Mountainfilm in Telluride. The Honolulu Advertiser called the film “an emotionally powerful story of loss and redemption.” The Maui News wrote: “it is most of all an honest telling of an extraordinary life – wipeouts included.” The 35-minute version won the Audience Award for Best Short at the Maui Film Festival.

Maui resident Woody Brown has lived a life full of remarkable adventure and accomplishment – inventing the modern catamaran, setting world gliding records, and surfing Hawaii’s 25-foot waves in the early 1940s. His accomplishments, selflessness and generosity have made him an inspirational role model for three generations of Hawaiians, and anyone who ever met him.

“Woody is a modern Thoreau on a surfboard, living in harmony with the world around him, alive to the possibilities of each new day, and following his own singular vision of how to be in the world,” commented filmmaker David Brown.

Born to great wealth in New York City, Woody ran away from the life of privilege to become a protégé of Charles Lindbergh at age 16. The film captures his journey to become a world record glider pilot, then a surfing pioneer before the tragic death of his first wife in childbirth lead to the painful decision to let relatives adopt his two children.

"Of Wind and Waves" explores Woody’s life in his own words and from the perspectives of his family and friends who have shared his journey. The documentary captures his unique blend of enthusiasm, wisdom, humor and spirituality that have made him a truly inspirational figure. Surfing superstars, Laird Hamilton and David Kalama, are shown bonding with Woody and comparing Maui’s big waves from the ‘40s with the present.

The film also features a remarkably rich archive of film and photography from every stage of Woody’s long life to complement coverage of his contemporary life as an amazingly lively elder whose days are filled with service, friendship, humor, compassion, spirituality, and, up to his 90th birthday, frequent surfing.

"Of Wind and Waves: The Life of Woody Brown" is available on DVD for $33 (includes shipping) at

The film will be playing in film festivals and theaters throughout the country in the fall and winter of 2006-07. The film recently played in a four-island, eight-venue tour of Hawaii, including Maui, the Big Island, Oahu and Kauai.


David L. Brown is an Emmy-nominated San Francisco documentary filmmaker who over a 35-year career has produced, written and directed over 80 productions and nine broadcast documentaries. His documentaries have received over 75 international awards and have been broadcast on PBS and in sixteen countries. He also teaches documentary filmmaking at U.C. Berkeley Extension and City College of San Francisco, and History of Documentary at Film Arts Foundation. Recent works include:

  • "The Bridge So Far - A Suspense Story", an hour-long documentary on the wild and troubled history on the new east span of of the S.F.- Oakland Bay Bridge.
  • "Computer Classes", the 56-minute PBS documentary on teens and technology, the first episode in the 2-part Digital Divide series (funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting);
  • "Surfing for Life", a 56- and 68-minute documentary (featuring Woody Brown) on older surfers as models of healthy aging, that won Best Documentary and the Audience Award at the 1999 Hawaii International Film Festival, among 20 other awards, and has been broadcast on 150 PBS stations.

His web site is

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