Johnny Tsunami (television) A Disney Channel Original Movie; first airing on July 24, 1999. Johnny Kapahaala, a teen surfing sensation, is uprooted from his Hawaii home and forced to move to a tiny ski resort town in Vermont. After getting caught in the middle of a longstanding rivalry between the local prep school skiers and the public school snowboarders, with the help of his legendary grandfather, Johnny Tsunami, he learns to use his competitive spirit and athletic abilities to unite the two. Directed by Steve Boyum. Stars Brandon Baker (Johnny Kapahaala), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Johnny Tsunami), Kirsten Storms (Emily Pritchard), Lee Thompson Young (Sam Sterling).