1 9 9 8 (USA)
8 x 60 minute episodes
Cole (William Gregory Lee) and the strangely androgynous Kelly (Brian Gross) Connolly are brothers who earn a living as champion surfers, skiers, snowboarders, horseback riders, dirt bike racers, jet skiers and skydivers . . .
They were born in Hawaii (their grandparents were missionaries who settled on the island), and their parents run a thriving cattle ranch that is being sought by their mean old neighbour, widowed land developer Gardner Poole (Lee Horsley).
Life changes suddenly for Cole and Kelly when their father (Raymond J Barry) unexpectedly dies, and their mother, Ceil (Bo Derek, who age had not withered), is left to run the ranch.
When the brothers discover that their ranch is in danger of foreclosure (thanks to falling beef prices and a long drought) and is eagerly sought by Gardner, they hit the extreme sports circuit in the hope of winning the money needed to save their family heritage.
Rebellious Kate (Jacinda Garrett) – who is sweet on Cole – and professional surf Nazi Val (Shawn Christian) Poole are Gardner’s children.
Wind on the Water made Baywatch look like Masterpiece Theatre.
At least the clichéd plots, wooden acting, poor scripts and contrived action sequences ensured only two of the eight filmed episodes of this god-awful soap actually aired before NBC pulled the plug.
The slo-mo surfing and snowboarding scenes were cool, though.
William Gregory Lee
Matthew Stephen Liu