The Big Sea

Surfing is killing it.
This $10 billion global industry – built on the dream of carefree spirits, crystal clear waters and an even clearer connection to the natural world – has never been more popular. Surfing has set out its stall as the champion of environmental issues. But surfing has a dirty secret… and people are dying.

Filmed over three years, director Lewis Arnold and writer Chris Nelson have followed the story from the communities of Cancer Alley in Louisiana, through to the sun drenched surf rich beaches of California, to the heart of the surf industry and beyond. This independent film is a tale of the power we have as individuals and as communities to effect change.

Speaking with surf brands, industry leaders, surfers, cultural commentators and environmental campaigners, The Big Sea asks: “Can you live with the true cost of surfing?”

The Big Sea: an exploration of the toxic nature of wetsuits, the true human cost of Neoprene production and surfing’s links to Cancer Alley.

The vast majority of wetsuits on sale today are made of a synthetic rubber called Neoprene. Neoprene – the commercial name for chloroprene rubber – is the product of a toxic, carcinogenic chemical process. Read more on

Directed: @lasurfpics
Written & Produced: @approachinglines
Executive Producer: @imaybesurfing
A Big Sea Films production

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