OF WIND AND WAVES: THE LIFE OF WOODY BROWN is an award-winning documentary of the 94-year-old legend who has conquered the worlds of surfing, sailing and soaring. Woody Brown has not only lived a life full of remarkable adventure and accomplishment -- inventing the modern catamaran, setting world gliding records, and surfing Hawaii's 25-foot surf in the early 1940s -- he has also lived his life with a kind of selflessness and generosity that have made him a role model for three generations of Hawaiians and virtually everyone who has met him. Woody is like a modern Thoreau on a surfboard -- living in harmony with the world around him and alive to the possibilities of each new day -- following his own singular vision of how to be in the world. This documentary captures Woody's unique blend of enthusiasm, wisdom, humor and spirituality that have made him a truly inspirational figure. Born to great wealth in New York City, Woody ran away from the life of privilege to become a protege of Charles Lindbergh at age 16. The film portrays his journey to become a world record glider pilot, surfing pioneer and inventor and also depicts the tragic death of his first wife in childbirth, leading to the painful decision to let relatives adopt his two children. OF WIND AND WAVES provides a valuable cross-cultural portrait of the land, people and culture of Hawaii over the six and a half decade span of Woody's life there. While the explosive economic growth of the islands has unquestionably undermined and obscured many Hawaiian traditions, Woody Brown's story shows that the spirit of aloha remains very much alive.
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