Beyond the Break: The Sam Danniels Story

A TELUS Original

Beyond the Break is a feature documentary that shares the story of Sam Danniels. Sam is a multi-sport athlete in three para-skiing disciplines along with biking, snowmobiling and paragliding. This film follows him as he pursues his latest athletic obsession: surfing. 

With Sam’s high-level paralysis (T4, from the chest down), existing adaptive surfboards don’t give him the core support he needs. So, he is learning to make his own.  As he designs and builds himself a customized adaptive surfboard to tackle the elusive and unforgiving waves of the Pacific Northwest, we explore how Sam persistently overcomes obstacles and physical challenges with passion, creativity, and ingenuity.

Beyond the Break: The Sam Danniels Story, had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) in 2021, where it won the People’s Choice Award. It was also an Official Selection at the Adventure Uncovered Film Festival 2022.

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CBC NEWS – VIMFF Profile, featuring Beyond the Break

THE PROVINCE – Documentary Premiering at VIMFF Chronicles How Sam Danniels Went From Skiing Down Mountains To Surfing The Ocean Using His Own Invention

VANCOUVER SUN – Canadian Paralympian Rides His Wave Ski to the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

NORTH SHORE NEWS – Documentary Examines North Van Athlete’s Journey with Parasurfing

IGTV – Beyond the Break Live Featuring Director Missy McIntosh and Sam Danniels

Client: TELUS, True Calling Media