Cold water, beach fires and empty waves
Although San Francisco is a big sports town, it has never been considered a place known for its surf. Despite that, surfing in San Francisco has been around longer than the Giants, Warriors, or 49ers. In the film GREAT HIGHWAY, the northern California surf tribe offers their unique perspective on the history and future of surfing. The cast is full of characters made up of former firemen, lifeguards, or swimmers, who all appreciated the beach lifestyle without warm water or sunny weather.
GREAT HIGHWAY traces the history of San Francisco surfing and the beach lifestyle from past to present and explores the changes that time reveals. The history is told by those who lived it, from the lifeguards at the historic Fleishhacker Swimming Pool to surfing pioneer and wet suit developer Jack O'Neill, to the kids growing up surfing the Bay Area today.
We are very grateful for the cast of GREAT HIGHWAY listed below. They shared their stories and took time to be a part of this project of telling the history of San Francisco surfing. We thank everyone on this list for contributing their time and energy to bring this story to life.
Robert "Birdlegs" Caughlan
steven "zen buddha" krolik
Fred Van Dyke
Jin An "Arne" Wong