a film by Charlotte Lagarde
23 min.documentary – 16mm – 1996
Broadcast on Public Television – Available on DVD

Gold Apple Award, National Educational Media Network
Isabella Liddell Art Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival
Best Representation of Women Award, Humboldt Film Festival
2 Stars, Canadian International Film and Video Festival
Honorable Mention, Marin County Film Festival

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! 

“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

Director, producer, editor: Charlotte Lagarde
Camera: Kim Roberts, Charlotte Lagarde, Lisa Denker
Sound: Goro Toshima, Bob Edwards
Music: Vince Wallace
Archival Footage: Bud Browne