Come to the Wavescape festival and have a swell time
Now in its 15th year, the festival mixes surf culture with the fight for a greener earth and bluer ocean
An expanded lineup of ocean-conscious events is taking place in Cape Town until December 9, with several satellite events added to core favourites the Wavescape Artboard Project, Clifton Beach screening, slide night, Wavescape film festival and Wesgro Blue Ocean master class.
Wavescape presents an exhibition comprising the Artboard Project, the largest selection of big wave rhino chasers ever seen under one roof in SA (at Jack Black’s Tap Room). The venue will also show the world premier of Satori Film, a Cape Town big wave movie.
The Wavescape lineup includes the launch of a rollicking book, The Sexy, Ugly, Beautifuls, at Rolling Wood Surf & Skate, a Beach Co-op beach cleanup, and the Spike Swell and Ocean course, to be held at the Sports Science Institute.
Now in its 15th year, the festival has evolved a love of surf and beach culture into the fight for a greener earth and bluer ocean. Through the talks, film screenings, beach cleanups, book launches and charity events, Wavescape joins SA’s creative and scientific minds who use the ocean as their muse to advocate change. This includes marine biologists, conservation influencers, artists, tourist boat operators, surfers, divers, fishers, photographers, authors, filmmakers and activists.
Festival director Shani Judes says: “This year we are really underlining our commitment to the elimination of single-use plastic. There is a hard-hitting meme going around: ‘It’s only one straw,’ said eight billion people. That is the key. We have the power to make a difference as a collective.”
Several African premieres will be screened at the festival, with the Clifton 4th Beach screening taking place on Saturday December 1, with four nights at the Labia Cinema in town, as well as movie nights at the Jack Black Tap Room.
All proceeds from the event are donated to beneficiaries such as the NSRI, Waves for Change, Shark Spotters, the 9 Miles Project, Ocean Pledge, Beach Co-op and SA Adaptive Surfing. Last year’s art auction raised R772,000. The highest priced board by Kirsten Sims fetched R130,000.
Nov 19-28 : Artboard Project Exhibition, Jack Black's Taproom (11 surfboards).
28 Nov 28: 7pm, Artboard Auction with Nik Rabinowitz, Jack Black’s Taproom.
Nov 22: 6.30pm, forecaster Spike Swell course, Sports Science Institute.
Nov 24: From 6pm, premiere Satori Film (big wave documentary), Jack Black’s Taproom.
Nov 30: 7pm, book launch, Sexy Ugly Beautifuls, with John McCarthy, Rolling Wood.
Dec 1: 3pm, Beach Co-op beach cleanup and beach activation, Queens Beach.
Dec 1: 8pm, outdoor film night, Clifton 4th Beach. Dec 3: 7pm, slide night, Centre for the Book. Dec 5: 6.30pm, Wavescape Masterclass for filmmakers, InvestSA One Stop Shop.
Dec 6-9: 6.15pm/8.15pm, surfing and ocean films, Labia Cinema. Dec 1-2; 8-9: Swim Free Confidence courses with John McCarthy.
www.wavescapefestival.com, book tickets at Quicket