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 Groundswell: a small film about making a big stand

When Raincoast’s research vessel, Achiever, set sail with Patagonia and a world-famous team of surfers, including Canada’s top ranked surfer Pete Devries, we embarked on an adventure that allowed these high profile surfers to experience this amazing coast and its incredible wildlife.

The expedition and collaboration with accomplished filmmaker, Chris Malloy and Woodshed Films, has produced a remarkable 25-minute documentary entitled GROUNDSWELL. It chronicles not only a world-class surfing adventure, but also provides a cerebral and compelling examination of an issue that embodies a great many aspects of today’s environmental challenges and opportunities: our energy future, geopolitics, aboriginal rights, and more. Raincoast crew and local indigenous leaders drive the narrative.

Groundswell by Raincoast and patagonia

The film is available for download or purchase through our online store. Want to show Groundswell in your community? Contact screenings.

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A surfer holds a surfboard with a Raincoast and Patagonia logo.Join the Groundswell of movement against the Northern Gateway Project and TAKE ACTION to help to keep our coast oil-free.


Groundswell News

A large barrel wave off the coast of British Columbia

Read all the news and updates regarding the the tour in the Groundswell News.



Special Thanks

This project would not have been possible without help from an enormous number of people. Raincoast would like to thank the following groups who have gone above and beyond to not only make this campaign come together, but as well as to fight to keep this coast oil free.

Supporting Photographers

Jeremy Koreski –

Dean Azim –



Venue Sponsors and Hosts

             The Willow Grove Foundation

Latest News

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GROUNDSWELL does another lap of southern BC!

With a decision on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project due in weeks, now is a critical time to rally for our coast…

Movies for an oil-free coast

Raincoast Films tour Northern BC

Raincoast films are travelling around the province. Check them out. Kitimat, Terrace, Prince George, Kamloops, and Abbottsford…

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Groundswell at the University of Victoria once again!

Groundswell is screening at the University of Victoria this Friday, March 15th. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including Geography and ES scholars and a leader from the Heiltsuk Nation…

Peter Devries surfs the Great Bear Rainforest

Groundswell: a surf movie with a message

Pique News Magazine – Alyssa Noel
Chris Darimont, a research scientist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, took top-name surfers on a trip up B.C.’s coast…

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Global TV features Groundswell

Raincoast’s Dr. Chris Darimont -scientist and local surfer- has found an entertaining way to add his voice of opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline…

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A “Groundswell” of talks for the Great Bear Rainforest

By Rick Buckman Coe at the Huffington Post
The band and I have been showing a short documentary at all of our shows called Groundswell — it was created by Chris Malloy and Raincoast and is about the Great Bear Rainforest…