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.

A surfer rips off the lip of wave in the sunset

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.

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.

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

 Take Action

Join the Groundswell of movement against the Northern Gateway Project and TAKE ACTION (2012) to help to keep our coast oil-free.

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.

Groundswell News

A surfer slides ahead of the curl with giant trees looming in the background

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

a barrel wave rolls into the shore in the Great Bear Rainforest




Want to show Groundswell in your community? Email: screenings [at] raincoast [dot] org


Venue Sponsors and Hosts

The Willow Grove Foundation

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Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government, and other NGOs to build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision-makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats.

Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.