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Groundswell: A small film about making a big stand

The full-length film is now available for download from vimeo.com.

Last fall Raincoast’s research vessel, Achiever, set sail with Patagonia, their world-famous team of surfers and 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.  We experienced rivers choked with salmon and feeding grizzly bears and shared surf line-ups with whales and dolphins.

Our collaboration with accomplished filmmaker, Chris Malloy and Woodshed Films, has produced a remarkable 25-minute documentary titled 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 title, and more. Raincoast crew and local indigenous leaders drive the narrative.

Showings are still happening  in Canada, the US and other international locations. For more info click here.

Get Informed

Keep up to date with the latest news about Northern Gateway Pipeline, please visit our Spotlight page.

Read Raincoast’s review of  Enbridge’s Environmental Impact Statement. Learn about Raincoast’s scientific research behind reports like What’s at Stake. For more information about Raincoast’s role as an intervenor for the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel click here.

Get Involved and Speak Out

There are many ways to get involved and help take part in stopping the worlds largest supertankers and dirtiest oil traveling through unspoiled waters of coastal British Columbia. Click here to take action.

Special Thanks

This project would not have been made 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 fight to keep this coast oil free.

Supporting Photographers

Jeremy Koreski – jeremykoreski.com Dean Azim – deanazim.com



Venue Sponsors and Hosts


The Willow Grove Foundation


The film

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Download the film from Vimeo and set sail on this coastal adventure. $3.99 to rent. $6.99 to purchase. All proceeds go to Raincoast.


Get informed, show up, write, and speak out. Use your local newspaper, facebook or twitter. You can even get the film and show it your home town. Oh, and send a message to Stephen Harper too.

Shows and tickets

Groundswell: a surfer movie

Groundswell undertook a US west coast tour in the Fall of 2012 and is now screening locally and internationally. Check out dates and locations for Canadian, US and global cities.

Surf expedition snapshots


Highlights from the waves, winds, wildlife and more.


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Last fall, Raincoast set sail with a world-famous line up of US and Canadian surfers and accomplished filmmaker Chris Malloy…

Groundswell News

Surfers in British Columbia

Groundswell News and Spotlights Fun accessories to the surfing, film and issues that GROUNDSWELL features.

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