Groundswell: British Columbia's Unspoiled West Coast Under Attack

February 18, 2013 1 min read

Groundswell Keith Malloy surf film British Columbia

Before I recently did an extended trip up to British Columbia and the regions where this will be affecting, I had no idea this was even an issue. This is a project that will affect every one of us. As Chris Malloy says, "There is too much at stake here to not do anything about it."  I fell in love with this part of the world, and to see it hurt just for the sake of oil makes me want to stand up and fight.

Set sail with Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Patagonia and Woodshed Films for an exploratory surf trip along British Columbia’s unspoiled west coast. While searching for waves, the crew documents what would be threatened if the Northern Gateway tar sands oil pipeline is built. More info  at

Groundswell British Columbia surf filmAt great environmental risk, and against the wishes of most British Columbians and aboriginal people, the Enbridge Northern Gateway project would pipe tar sands oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia for delivery to markets in Asia and California. Last fall, Raincoast Conservation Foundation teamed up with filmmaker and Patagonia surf ambassador Chris Malloy to highlight all that’s at stake. Chris’ short documentary charts an extraordinary surf trip along British Columbia’s unspoiled west coast, with surfers acting as ambassadors for marine life. Through their remarkable experiences, and compelling narrative by young indigenous leaders, the film provides a fresh voice to a coast in peril. After the film, Chris Malloy and Raincoast will take part in  a Q & A.

steve watts
steve watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left

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