Canada's Ocean Film Festival
June 8th & 9th, 2012
Saturday, June 9th - 1PM

Doors open at 1pm

This afternoon’s screenings are generously presented by Canadian Direct Insurance


2pm - The Ultimate Wave Tahiti

USA, 2010, 45 minutes

Stephen Low


Featuring eleven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, The Ultimate Wave follows a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience. The film’s action focuses on Tahiti and the volcanic

islands of French Polynesia, home to some of the world’s most challenging surfing and to astounding coral reef ecosystems at the turbulent interface between island and ocean.

With their host, Tahitian surfer Raimana Van Bastolaer, Kelly Slater and a group of friends seek out the best waves breaking on the reef at Tahiti’s famed surf site Teahupo’o. Kelly and Raimana share a passion for the waves, but different ideas about what surfing means to them: is it a modern competitive sport or an ancient Polynesian wave-riding art? As the surf quest unfolds, the film explores the hidden forces at work shaping the waves and the islands that lie in their path. The great waves arrive and surfing play becomes surfing survival as the riders tackle some of the biggest, heaviest surf on the planet.



2:45pm - Light Screen

Spain, 2012, 19 minutes

Carlos Virgili Ribe

Two underwater photographers explore light on the water. First they dive deep into the flooded caves—cenotes—scattered along the Yucatan shore, some many miles long. And then they move off shore to swim with the whale sharks that congregate along this coast.



3:20pm - I Just Love to Paddle

Hawaii, 2010, 31 minutes

Marta Czajkowska & David P. Griffith


There are few paddlers in the world that can match experience and knowledge of Nappy Napoleon. If there were degrees in paddling, he has the highest doctorate. In a time when our pop icons exhibit ambitious self-promotion, glitz and sex appeal, Uncle Nappy - as he is affectionately known - is a humble hero.  Humorously self-effacing, he radiates an inner calm, patience, and infectious confidence. He possesses an extraordinary bond with the nature and a magical relationship with the ocean. “I Just Love to Paddle” is a story of a man who lives, loves, practices, teaches and perpetuates an ancient tradition in the contemporary world. There are many stories of heroes long gone, but this is a story about somebody who is still around us and who serves as source of vast knowledge and a connection to the ancient

Hawaiian traditions. Nappy provides a modern day example of an ancient Hawaiian paradigm: superb ocean judgement, wisdom about the hearts of others, total commitment to his life calling, and an unparalleled decency of character. The story focuses on an expedition in July 2008, when Napoleon (67 years old) with five paddling companions attempt to cross 9 Hawaiian channels in 6 consecutive days, each in a one-man outrigger canoe, a total of almost 240 miles.

This film is generously presented by Open Ocean Outriggers



4pm - This is your Ocean: Sharks

USA, 2010, 45 minutes

Jim Abernethy


Art, science, and a bond of trust fuse together to shatter public perception of sharks in a new documentary, “This is Your Ocean: Sharks.” All barriers between people and sharks are removed in an effort to depict these animals in a new light. Narrated by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, this documentary takes you on an adventure with world renowned marine life artists Wyland, Dr. Guy Harvey, and shark expert Jim Abernethy.

This is Your Ocean: Sharks” looks at the global plight of sharks and introduces the audience to a massive 14-foot tiger shark named Emma. Jim Abernethy’s connection and love for this animal plays a key role in the film with never before seen footage that will have some revaluating their perception of sharks. “We can no longer look at sharks as monsters. My relationship with Emma hopefully dispels that misconception and reveals the truth about these awesome animals. It’s time to share this message with the world.”

The documentary features three talented artists whose unique perspective on conservation delivers an engaging message.  For Wyland, working to save sharks is just an extension of the work he’s done with marine mammals. “By protecting sharks, by protecting the ocean, we protect ourselves. It’s that simple.”

Dr. Guy Harvey works to replace myth with fact everyday though his ocean foundation. “Sharks are not eating us, we’re eating them. That’s the big overall picture and that needs to change.”

Emmy award-winning producer George C. Schellenger directed and produced this timely documentary. “The decisions we make right now determine the future of these animals and the future of our oceans. We’ve made a film that’s like nothing else you’ve seen. It’s the start of a new paradigm.”