Quiksilver Waterman Norm Hann recently completed a 220 mile standup paddleboard expedition along the east coast of Haida Gwaii off British Colombia, Canada’s west coast, for the film “STAND”. We caught up with Norm to learn more about his journey.
STAND, presented by Quiksilver Waterman, looks carefully at the threat of a catastrophic oil spill currently facing the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. A proposal for a 1777 km (1104 mile) long oil pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to the port of Kitimat, B.C., could see supertankers transport ten times the volume of crude as the Exxon Valdez oil spill through the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. The largest remaining intact temperate rainforest on the planet, the Great Bear is home to the iconic white Spirit Bear as well as a marine ecosystem that supports keystone species of salmon, halibut, and other fish that wolves, bears and birds depend on.
Through the stories of an aboriginal high school class building their own standup paddleboards as a form of protest, the efforts of Quiksilver Waterman ambassador and expedition stand-up paddler Norm Hann, and the powerful surfing of iconic west coast native and Quiksilver rider, Raph Bruhwiler, the diversity of people, landscape and wildlife that would be affected by an oil spill will be articulated. STAND will take you to the core of the issue and unfurl the soul of B.C.’s west coast one paddle stroke at a time.
The crew is currently raising funds through the popular crowdsourcing platform, IndieGoGo, in order to complete post-production and bring this story into the mainstream consciousness. You can become a champion of the Great Bear and help protect our precious coastlines by donating to the project and in return receive some great rewards.
To donate go to indiegogo.com/standfilm
To learn more got to standfilm.com