"I highly recommend this documentary for surfers and non-surfers alike. In short, the issues of racism and discrimination that Mesfin brings to the forefront in this documentary are still issues and concerns that are a daily reality for BIPOC surfers and must be addressed if we are to establish a robust surfing culture that welcomes all people, regardless of gender, race, or sexuality."

— Jason Old, Ph.D., Southeastern University

The first written accounts of surfing occurred in the 1640s, from Africa, 200 years before Europeans described surfing in Oceania and the Pacific Islands. Wade in the Water charts the history of Black aquatic culture and its varied iterations in the U.S., including the erasure of Black trailblazers such as Nick Gabaldón, and the shameful history of forcing Black communities from America's shores and thus stigmatizing aquatic recreation. Centering the voices and perspectives of Black historians and surfers, Wade in the Water offers a comprehensive examination of the past, present, and future of Black aquatic culture.

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