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Wade in the Water: A Journey into Black Surfing and Aquatic Culture

  • David Mesfin, Director
  • Beyin Abraha, Producer
  • Michael Warner, Producer

A surfing man in a wetsuit rides a wave

About the Project

Wade in the Water: The Documentary (2022) is a historical chronicle that delves into the 1,000-year-old Pan-African surfing tradition that stretched across the coastlines of West Africa and has since taken root in America. Weaving historical accounts with modern-day testimonials, the film seeks to dismantle racial barriers and chronicles the forgotten history of the Black surfing culture while featuring several leading surf historians, community leaders, environmental activists, and the up-and-coming generation of surfing pioneers.