Darrick Doerner

Darrick Doerner is a big wave pioneer in the sport of tow-in surfing, in which personal water craft are used to tow surfers into large surf. Also known by the nickname, Double D, Doerner is an accomplished big wave surfer himself.

Doerner is an 'all around waterman' in the ocean, from surf, big wave tow-surfing, paddle, stand up paddling, windsurfing, anything with water, he's been a part of its progression at some point. In the late-1960s and 1970s he grew up in California. He then moved to the Big Island of Hawai'i for his senior year of high school.

From 1975-1996 he worked with Eddie Aikau, Mark Cunningham, Terry Ahue and Brian Keaulana. He learned from other people such as Peter Cole, Greg Noll, Dick Brewer, Reno Abellira, James Jones, Owl Chapman, Sam Hawk, Tiger Espere and Michael Ho. Darrick life guarded for over twenty years on the North Shore. His approach was focused on water safety which gave him the important skills to negotiate big water safely and big wave surfing, . He has set the basic protocol for dealing with a wipeout and the inevitable rescue in large waves of this stature. Doerner trained in California with Shawn Alladio of K38 for rescue boat technical handling. Doerner was the preferred boating driver/partner of Dave Kalama and Laird Hamilton beginning in the 1990s.

In 1996, Doerner left life guarding to become an ambassador to surfing. He worked with an apparel company and traveled around the world to teach surfing and to share his knowledge with others. Around that time, a group of friends and Doerner took their surfing to the next level, having already mastered small waves and heavy water. With the creation of tow-in surfing, the 'Strapped Crew' together facilitated a quantum leap in surfing, one of the biggest jumps in the history of the sport. Many growing pains were experienced with the advent of this new boating activity, safety being the most important aspect. The sport of tow surfing took off with the infusion of the growth of internet and DVD exposure.[1]


Doerner worked in direct competition to the Hawaiian Water Patrol from 1978–2004, which was in charge of water safety for all North Shore surfing contests. Their role was to ensure the safety of all professional surfers in the treacherous waters of Hawaii. However, Doerner ran a competing water safety company, named "Designated Driver Incorporated." Darrick's water patrol work for films and TV shows include Big Wednesday, Baywatch, ER, The Big Bounce.[2] Stunt double and surf coach for Patrick Swayze in Point Break (1991). Final "Bells Beach 50 Year Storm" surfing and wipe-out scene shot at Waimea Bay.

Stunt double for James Bond in Die Another Day (2002). Opening segment shot at Peahi, Maui with Dave Kalama, Laird Hamilton and cinematographer Don King.



  1. ^ Gallant Frederic. "Darrick Doerner talks on the state of Big Wave Surfing". Surfersvillage.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11.
  2. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0230427/

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Big wave surfing

Big wave surfing is a discipline within surfing in which experienced surfers paddle into or are towed onto waves which are at least 20 feet (6.2 m) high, on surf boards known as "guns" or towboards. Sizes of the board needed to successfully surf these waves vary by the size of the wave as well as the technique the surfer uses to reach the wave. A larger, longer board allows a rider to paddle fast enough to catch the wave and has the advantage of being more stable, but it also limits maneuverability and surfing speed.In 1992, big wave surfers such as Laird Hamilton and Darrick Doerner introduced a cross over sport called tow-in surfing. While many riders still participate in both sports, they remain very distinct activities. This type of surfing involves being towed into massive waves by jet ski, allowing for the speed needed to successfully ride. Tow in surfing also revolutionized board size, allowing surfers to trade in their unwieldy 12 ft. boards in favor of light, 7 ft boards that allowed for more speed and easier maneuverability in waves over 30 ft. By the end of the 1990s, tow in surfing allowed surfers to ride waves exceeding 50 ft.


Darrick is a given name. Notable people with the name include:

Darrick Brilz (born 1964), former American football offensive lineman

Darrick Brown (born 1984), American football cornerback

Darrick Brownlow (born 1968), former American football linebacker

Darrick Doerner, big wave pioneer in the sport of towsurfing

Darrick Martin (born 1971), American retired professional basketball player

Darrick Vaughn (born 1978), former American football defensive back

Dave Kalama

Dave Kalama is a big wave surfer/tow-in surfer, stand-up paddle (SUP) surfer and racer, surf and SUP board shaper, windsurfer, outrigger canoe racer, private adventure guide, and celebrity watersports enthusiast. Kalama, his wife, 2 sons and 1 daughter live in Kula, Maui.

Kalama is credited with the co-development of the big wave surfing technique of tow-in surfing, along with Laird Hamilton, Darrick Doerner, and Buzzy Kerbox. Recently, Kalama together with close friend Laird Hamilton have been actively promoting and mastering an ancient Hawaiian mode of water transportation and watersport called SUP, "stand-up paddling", and he has begun a series of increasingly longer solo paddle events between various Hawaiian islands. Kalama and Hamilton are also credited with the co-development of "foil surfing" (hydrofoil surfing).

Kalama is a descendant from a long line of noteworthy Hawaiian watermen; his grandfather brought outrigger canoe paddling to the mainland U.S., and his father Ilima Kalama was the 1962 world-champion surfer and a lifelong outrigger canoe paddler. There are, among others, a beach on Maui and a town in Washington State named after family members. Kalama is known socially amongst surfers as placing high respect on local/community surf etiquette.

Kalama is a part-time coach to SUP competitors Kai Lenny (2010 and 2011 SUP Surf World Champion) and Slater Trout.

As a high school age athlete, Kalama was a competitive ski racer and high school football player in the winter sports resort town of Mammoth Lakes, California.In July 2006, Kalama and BamMan Productions business partner Laird Hamilton were jointly awarded the Beacon Award at the Maui Film Festival for "helping to revive the surf film genre."

Die Another Day

Die Another Day is a 2002 spy film, the twentieth film in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, as well as the fourth and final film to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film follows Bond as he leads a mission to North Korea, during which he is betrayed and, after seemingly killing a rogue North Korean colonel, is captured and imprisoned. Fourteen months later, Bond is released as part of a prisoner exchange. Surmising that the mole is within the British government, he attempts to earn redemption by tracking down his betrayer and all those involved.

The film, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and directed by Lee Tamahori, marked the James Bond franchise's 40th anniversary. The series began in 1962 with Sean Connery starring as Bond in Dr. No. Die Another Day includes references to each of the preceding films.The film received mixed reviews. Some critics praised the work of Tamahori, while others criticised the film's heavy use of computer-generated imagery, which they found unconvincing and a distraction from the film's plot. Nevertheless, Die Another Day was the highest-grossing James Bond film up to that time if inflation is not taken into account.


Doerner is a surname.

Notable people with this surname include:

Christine Doerner, Luxembourgish politician

Cynthia Doerner, Australian tennis player

Darrick Doerner, American surfer

Gus Doerner, American basketball player

Luke Doerner, Australian field hockey player

Matthew Doerner-Miller, American entrepreneur

Max Doerner (artist), German artist

Max Doerner (rugby league), Australian rugby player

William Doerner, American professor

Filming of James Bond in the 2000s

Films made in the 2000s featuring the character of James Bond included Die Another Day, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace.

Gary Elkerton

Gary Elkerton (born 21 August 1964), known as Kong is an Australian surfer, three time world masters champion (2000–01, 2003), three time world professional runner-up (1987, 1990, 1993), twice Hawaiian Triple Crown champion (1987, 1989) and Australian amateur champion (1984). He is regarded as an iconic big-wave rider and is highly respected by his peers for his unique, powerful surfing style. In 2009, Gary was inducted into the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame.

In God's Hands (film)

In God's Hands (1998) is a film by Zalman King released through Sheen Michaels Entertainment a production company created by actor Charlie Sheen and Bret Michaels. The basic story is of three young surfers on a roller coaster action tour of the globe's most exotic and dangerous surfing spots. They travel to Madagascar, Mexico, Bali and Hawaii seeking the ultimate wave, a 40-foot force of nature that travels at speeds up to 35 miles per hour.

Laird Hamilton

Laird John Hamilton (born March 2, 1964) is an American big-wave surfer, co-inventor of tow-in surfing, and an occasional fashion and action-sports model. He is married to Gabrielle Reece, a professional volleyball player, television personality, and model.

North Shore (Oahu)

The North Shore, in the context of geography of the Island of Oʻahu, refers to the north-facing coastal area of Oʻahu between Kaʻena Point and Kahuku Point, Hawaii.

The largest settlement is Haleʻiwa. This area is best known for its massive waves, attracting surfers from all around the globe.

Peahi, Hawaii

Peʻahi ( pay-AH-hee; Hawaiian: [peˈʔɐhi]) is a place on the north shore of the island of Maui in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It has lent its name to a big wave surfing break, also known as Jaws.

Point Break

Point Break is a 1991 American buddy cop action thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and written by W. Peter Iliff. It stars Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey, and the film's title refers to the surfing term "point break", where a wave breaks as it hits a point of land jutting out from the coastline.

The film features Reeves as an undercover cop tasked with investigating and discovering the identities of a group of high-level bank robbers, but develops a complex friendship with the group's leader.

Development of Point Break began in 1986, when Iliff wrote an initial treatment for the film. Bigelow soon developed the script with husband James Cameron, and filming took take place four years later. It was shot across the western coast of the continental United States, and was officially

budgeted at $24 million, before being released for traditional viewing on July 12, 1991.

Point Break opened to generally positive critical reception, with critics highly praising the relationship between Reeves and Swayze. During its theatrical run, the film grossed over $83.5 million, and has since gained a cult following. Following the film's success, Point Break was re-released on Blu-ray on June 14, 2011; it also spawned a remake that was released in 2015.

Production of the James Bond films

The James Bond film series is a British series of spy films based on the fictional character of MI6 agent James Bond, "007", who originally appeared in a series of books by Ian Fleming. It is one of the longest continually-running film series in history, having been in on-going production from 1962 to the present (with a six-year hiatus between 1989 and 1995). In that time Eon Productions has produced 24 films, most of them at Pinewood Studios. With a combined gross of over $7 billion to date, the films produced by Eon constitute the fourth-highest-grossing film series. Six actors have portrayed 007 in the Eon series, the latest being Daniel Craig.

Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman co-produced most of the Eon films until 1975, when Broccoli became the sole producer. The single exception during this period was Thunderball, on which Broccoli and Saltzman became executive producers while Kevin McClory produced. From 1984 Broccoli was joined by his stepson Michael G. Wilson as producer and in 1995 Broccoli stepped aside from Eon and was replaced by his daughter Barbara, who has co-produced with Wilson since. Broccoli's (and until 1975, Saltzman's) family company, Danjaq, has held ownership of the series through Eon, and maintained co-ownership with United Artists since the mid-1970s. The Eon series has seen continuity both in the main actors and in the production crews, with directors, writers, composers, production designers, and others employed through a number of films.

From the release of Dr. No (1962) to For Your Eyes Only (1981), the films were distributed solely by United Artists. When Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer absorbed United Artists in 1981, MGM/UA Entertainment Co. was formed and distributed the films until 1995. MGM solely distributed three films from 1997 to 2002 after United Artists was retired as a mainstream studio. From 2006 to 2015, MGM and Columbia Pictures co-distributed the film series, following the 2004 acquisition of MGM by a consortium led by Columbia's parent company, Sony Pictures. In November 2010, MGM filed for bankruptcy. Following its emergence from insolvency, Columbia became co-production partner of the series with Eon. Sony's distribution rights to the franchise expired in late 2015 with the release of Spectre. In 2017, MGM and Eon offered a one-film contract to co-finance and distribute the upcoming 25th film worldwide, which was reported on 25 May 2018 to have been won by Universal Pictures.Independently of the Eon series, there have been three additional productions with the character of James Bond: an American television adaptation, Casino Royale (1954), produced by CBS; a spoof, Casino Royale (1967), produced by Charles K. Feldman; and a remake of Thunderball entitled Never Say Never Again (1983), produced by Jack Schwartzman, who had obtained the rights to the film from McClory.

Step into Liquid

Step into Liquid (2003) is a documentary about surfing directed by Dana Brown, son of famed surfer and filmmaker Bruce Brown. The film includes surfing footage from the famous Pipeline, the beaches of Vietnam, and some of the world's largest waves, at Cortes Bank. The film was Dana Brown's first solo project.

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