Of the Black Sea

A story of heritage and skiing in Türkiye
Film by Hennie van Jaarsveld & Giray Dadali

Join Giray Dadali (Turkic-American pro-skier & J skis engineer), on his journey to answer a life-long question: Which has a greater influence; the heritage from which you descended or the culture in which you were raised?

As Giray embarks on a new chapter of life, the film follows him to his father’s homeland of Türkiye where he looks to discover more about his place in the world and which elements of the Turkish culture to carry forward.

Of The Black Sea is more than a ski film; it’s a powerful exploration of heritage, breaking cultural barriers, and fostering understanding of what it means to be a Dadali, and what it means to be Turkish.

Bonus Episode 1 - Deniz Etkisi kar: Sea-affected Snow

Cross the Turkish Peninsula on the far corners of the Black Sea lies the snowy mountain faces of the Kackar mountain range. While many may not know that skiing exists here, it has been a destination in Giray's mind for some time.

Join us for this 8 minute behind the scenes episode on set for the movie "Of The Black Sea", where we take you for an in-depth experience of the magical ski touring lodge of Ovit Mountain and all the terrain it has to offer.

From abundant sea-effect snow to full plates of fine Turkish Cuisine, Ovit Mountain offers nothing short of an authentic destination trip that will satisfy ski tour and splitboard enthusiasts of all levels.

Bonus Episode 2 - A Large Waterslide: Finding a Free-ride community at Kartalkaya.

In the 2nd BTS episode, Giray takes you with him to Kartalkaya ski area, Türkiye, for a behind-the-scenes look at the grassroots of the Turkish Skiing and Snowboarding scene.

"A highlight of the trip was teaching my niece to ski and passing on my passion to the next Dadali Generation, as well as getting the chance to ride with a local snowboard crew." - Giray

Where can I watch Of The Black Sea film?

Of the Black Sea will go on tour through 2024 to film festivals, and will have dates and locations to watch updated here!