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a film by Charlotte Lagarde

documentary film - 23:00 - 1996

broadcast on Public Television - DVD


Swell is a documentary shot in Santa Cruz, California. Featured are women longboard surfers whose ages span four generations. It is a portrait of a community which shares their best waves, embraces new comers as well as old timers and comes together in a beautiful memorial, to show respect to the one they lost in the water, surfing. Swell is setting the record straight by revealing that women do surf and do it well! 


Gold Apple Award

National Educational Media Network


Isabella Liddell Art Award

Ann Arbor Film Festival


Best Representation of Women Award

Humboldt Film Festival

Honorable Mention

Marin County Film Festival


“A Beautifully Intelligent and Poignant Film”
- San Jose Mercury News

“A Sensitive and Artful inspection of people who surf”
- The Surfer’s Journal


“Swell, as its name implies, builds and crashes, moving us to ride out the emotional wave of the filmmaker’s vision triumphantly.”
- Women of Vision Journal

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