Wavescape Festival 2018

The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival has announced their focus on big waves in an expanded line-up of ocean-conscious events. Taking place in Cape Town between 19 November and 9 December, 2018, the festival has added several satellite events to its core favourites – The Wavescape Artboard Project, Clifton Beach Screening, Slide Night, Wavescape Film Festival and Wesgro Blue Ocean Master Class.

The Wavescape Festival also presents the world premiere of Satori Film, a documentary about Cape Town’s big wave surfing crew at Jack Black’s Tap Room. The line-up includes the launch of a rollicking book The Sexy, Ugly, Beautifuls; Stories: a Big Wave Surfboard Exhibition and Big Wave Q&A night, and a Beach Co-op Beach Clean-up.

Cape Town surfer Matt Bromley rides a giant wave off Kommetjie. Picture: Alan van Gysen
Cape Town surfer Matt Bromley rides a giant wave off Kommetjie. Picture: Alan van Gysen

Love of surf and beach culture

Now in its 15th year, the festival has evolved this 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 South Africa’s best 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.

Wavescape Festival Programme 2018

9-15 November: Stories: A Big Wave Surfboard Exhibition, Jack Black Tap Room
15 November: Big Wave Surfboard Q&A, Jack Black Tap Room
19-28 November: Wavescape Art Board Exhibition, Jack Black Brewery
24 November: Satori Film Premiere, Jack Black Brewery
28 November: ArtBoard Auction with Nik Rabinowitz, Jack Black Brewery
30 November: The Sexy Ugly Beautifuls book launch, Rolling Wood, John McCarthy
1 December: Clifton 4th Beach Outdoor Screening
3 December: Slide Night, Centre for the Book
5 December: Wesgro Blue Ocean Master Class
6-9 December: Wavescape Film Festival,  Labia Theatre
1 or 2 December: Beach Clean Up hosted by BEACH Co-op
1-2 Dec and 8-9 December – Swim Free Confidence courses by John McCarthy

As Festival Director Shani Judes says, “It’s so special to showcase these amazing people and their acts of kindness, talent and genuine love for the ocean. This year we are really underlining our commitment to the elimination of single-use plastic, and our partners have agreed to do the same. There is a hard-hitting meme going around, “It’s only one straw,” said 8 billion people. That is the key. We have the power to make a difference as a collective.”

Several African premieres will be screened, with the Clifton 4th Beach screening on Saturday 1 December, with four nights at the Labia Cinema, as well as movie nights at the Jack Black Tap Room.

Meg McCulloch of partner Jack Black is excited to be on board as headline partner: “Jack Black Brewing Co is a long-time friend and supporter of Wavescape, and we’ve always admired how the festival communicates real passion for our oceans and our environment, very much in line with our philosophies. The festival is an amazing opportunity to bring communities together, share stories, and celebrate those meaningful connections surrounding the love of surfing.”

Co-founder of Wavescape Steve Pike adds: “It’s special to see how our festival has grown into such a vital part of the Cape Town summer calendar, and how it brings together such a wonderful group of passionate people who are making a difference. An integral mandate of Wavescape is to remind us how crucial the ocean is to our survival, and to the earth we inhabit while embarking on a celebratory feast of ocean love and surf stoke. ”

All proceeds go to NSRI, Waves for Change, Shark Spotters, the 9 Miles Project, Ocean Pledge, Beach Co-op and South African Adaptive Surfing. Last year’s art auction raised R772  000. The highest priced board by Kirsten Sims fetched R130 000.

The Festival headline partner is Jack Black Beer, with support from Wesgro, Petco, Long Beach Capital, Gone, Mami Wata, and York Surf.

Check out the 2017 Wavescape Festival: https://weekendspecial.co.za/wavescape-surf-ocean-festival/

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