Wade in The Water (2023) Screening: A Celebration of Black Aquatic Culture

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Wade in The Water (2023) Screening: A Celebration of Black Aquatic Culture

An evening celebrating Black surfing and aquatic culture with filmmakers David Mesfin & Beyin Abraha, and a Q&A with local BIPOC athletes.

By Surf the Greats

When and where

Date and time

Sat, Jun 3, 2023 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT


Surf the Greats 101-250 Carlaw Avenue Toronto, ON M4M 3L1 Canada

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About this event

Following historical experts and community leaders in the BIPOC surfing movement, Wade in The Water: A Journey into Black Surfing and Aquatic Culture (2023) reclaims the 1000-year-old tradition of Black surfing and aquatic culture, inspiring the next generation of Black surfers. This award-winning documentary braids historical accounts with modern-day testimonials, dismantles the racial barriers of conventional surf culture, and most importantly celebrates the overlooked history of Black surfing’s legacy and honors its current movement.

A Q&A with filmmakers David Mesfin and Beyin Abraha will follow the screening sneak peek, as well as another special screening showcasing Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations' surf team Mułaa, and their youth outdoor programs. A Q&A with local athletes and BIPOC community leaders Max Robinson and Jenifer Redsky-Bonnetplume will culminate the evening.

Drinks will be provided by our glorious partners The Strait and Narrow and Guayaki, and a special thank you goes to Arcteryx Toronto for sponsorship and support.


6:00PM: Doors Open / Welcome Performance by local Indigenous musician

7:00PM: Wade in The Water (2023) sneak peek screening

7:30PM: Q&A with director/producers David Mesfin and Beyin Abraha

8:00PM: Mułaa, Rising Tide short film screening

8:15PM: Q&A with Max Robinson and Jenifer Redsky-Bonnetplume

8:45PM ONWARDS: Drinks and music

(Tickets are based on a pay it forward and good karma philosophy, with all proceeds going to support Brown Girl Outdoor World. If ticket price is a barrier for you, please DM either @browngirloutdoorworld or @surfthegreats on Instagram, or send us an email at aloha@surfthegreats.org)

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Surf the Greats

Surf shop in Toronto, Canada celebrating coldwater surfing and supporting surfers from coast to coast and every river and lake in between.