Few know the wilds and the waves of British Columbia like Canada’s first pro surfer, Raph Bruhwiler. Raised in the deep woods of Vancouver Island, Raph is using his deep understanding of the region to push the boundaries of surfing and inspiring a new generation to find adventures of their own.
Mountainous terrain and the sea prevail outside of town, and if a person wants to surf—that is, really surf—beyond the pocket beaches with parking lots and sports-crazed masses, then a good boat is the key. Narrow channels run between uninhabited islets and out to rock shoals that catch the full brunt of Pacific swells. The tides rise and fall twenty feet, setting-in powerful currents that churn beneath the deadfall, moss, and towering limbs. Winter gales, endless bands of rain, the ancient trees shaggy in the mist. There are wolves on the beach. And between fronts, in distant coves on remote stretches of coast, there can be perfect, world-class waves.
Director: Keith Malloy
DP: Andrew Schoneberger
Cinematography: Erin Feinblatt, Ben Gulliver
Producer: Jennifer Sullivan McBride
Editor: Andrew Schoneberger
Music: Nick Coventry, Ryan Bingham, Greg Brown
Sound Design: Todd Hannigan