On the roughest days, you’ll find cold water surfers among the waves of The Great Lakes. COLDWATER is an environmental surf documentary about the state of our country’s fresh water supply. The project focuses on The Great Lakes, their health and those dependant on them.
The idea is to use lake surfing culture as a vehicle to tell this story. Lake surfing seems to be as unique as the lakes themselves. The people that surf these waters have great respect for them. Violent currents, sub zero temperatures and high winds tend to demand that of a person.
The five Great Lakes, make up 21% of the world’s surface freshwater. When it is deemed unsafe to swim in, water pollution becomes a deeper issue beyond recreational activity. It affects the surrounding ecosystems and communities along with the greater population of our country that rely on our fresh water supply. With our close proximity to so much fresh water we often neglect to realize how invaluable they truly are, and take this for granted.
AS FRESHWATER BECOMES MORE OF A COMMODITY, WE ARE LIVING IN A VERY WEALTHY AND DESIRED PART OF THE WORLD. PEOPLE FIGHT OVER OIL BUT WATER WILL BE MORE VALUABLE IN THE FUTURE. IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO PRESERVE IT.
- ANTONIO LENIENT, SURF THE GREATS
For more information on this project please contact me here.