Water Docs: The Joy of Water

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
506 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3

Standing on Water | DENMARK | 2015 | 65 min
Snowglobe | Canadian Premiere | FRANCE | 2015 | 13.5 min
Hand.Line.Cod. | CANADA | 2016 | 13.5 min

Passion conquers fear as a young Dane becomes an unlikely world champion surfer from “Cold Hawaii”.

Standing on Water is a parable about facing fears and following passion. It tells the story of Casper Steinfath, who, despite his dread of water, becomes one of the best stand-up paddle surfers in the world. The film demonstrates how far love of sport can take you in life, even if you have grown up in a small, isolated fishing village in northern Denmark, where “people didn’t play in the water . . . because you had this fear that something all of a sudden would pull you down.”

Strong family bonds, camaraderie and the birth of a Danish surf community in what today is known as ‘Cold Hawaii’ set the stage for this meditative portrait of a life lived for the ever-changing ocean.

Water Docs is supported by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

Standing on Water poster