The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival 2020 screens in Cape Town from Friday 4 to Saturday 12 December, 2020. It includes outdoor films with The Galileo Open Air Cinema.

The partnership with Galileo, a drive-in surf movie in Constantia and an outdoor film at Kirstenbosch Gardens, adds a physical element to the programme of online and hybrid events hosted by Wavescape.

Wavescape Programme 2020

Fri 4 December – Drive In Surf Movies with The Galileo (Constantia)
Sat 5, Sun 6 December – Online Film Festival Day 1 (24 hour pass)
Sat 5 December – Skateboard Art Exhibition by Craig Cockcroft at The Shred
Sun 6 December – Beach Co-op mural, performance, beach clean-up
Mon 7 December – Oceans Alive: an evening of surfing and conservation with top surfers (Two Oceans Aquarium + online event)
Tues 8 December – Blue Oceans Masterclass – plastic free, virtual reality, underwater realms
Tues 8 December – Spike Swell Course: virtual evening of wave science, forecasting
Wed 9 December – Slide Night (online speakers from SA and globally)
Thu 10 December – Outdoor Kirstenbosch screening – The Galileo
Fri 11 December – Zag Shorts – surf film shorts at Jack Black’s Brewery
Sat 12 & Sun 13 December – Online Film Festival Day 2 (24 hour pass)


  • Save our Seas Foundation Mural on the Sea Point promenade by artist Chris Auret
  • SOSF Photographic exhibition on Sea Point promenade by Thomas Peschak
  • Art-decorated Vans sneakers – Online auction
  • Limited edition of posters, tees and totes
  • One Brett Murray artboard – Online Auction

Wavescape Festival 2020

Oceans Alive Surf Night

Presented by Vans, the flagship Slide Night of talks by ocean gurus from around the world goes online, while Oceans Alive Surf Night: Cape Town, Cold Water and Conservation is a hybrid global event live from the Two Oceans Aquarium, featuring top surfers and scientists from around the world.

The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), which supports shark conservation projects worldwide, resumes its relationship with Wavescape. SOSF will present the outdoor photographic exhibit WILD SEAS by National Geographic Photographer Thomas Peschak. SOSF has also teamed up with artist Chris Auret to create an ocean-conscious mural on the Sea Point promenade.

Vans have provided 10 “blank” pairs of white sneakers to be decorated by local artists. These will be auctioned on Instagram (@WavescapeSA) during the festival. The surfboard art exhibition has been streamlined into a one-off, one-of-a-kind art board by Brett Murray.

For this year’s artwork, Wavescape collaborates with artist Yay Abe, utilising a theme of “adaptation” as the world slowly evolves into a post-pandemic future.

Russ Stern. Picture: Talon Clamow. Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival 2020
Russ Stern. Picture: Talon Clamow

Slide Night has gone virtual, which has enabled international speakers to take part, among them conservation and nature photographers Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier and Chris Burkard, as well as surf entrepreneur Paul Naude and Australian longboard superstar Belinda Baggs.

Mittermeier is a Mexican biologist and author who founded the International League of Conservation Photographers, and ocean media advocacy group Sea Legacy. Burkard is a California photographer.

Naude is perhaps South Africa’s most successful surf entrepreneur. A former head of US operations for Billabong, the California resident’s latest creation is the Vissla brand. He was a finalist in the Pipeline Masters in 1976, the year he co-founded Zigzag surf magazine. He tells us about his huge surfboard collection.

A lifelong waterwoman, Belinda Baggs is best known for her longboarding and body surfing in surf films such as Sprout, Come Hell or High Water, and Church of the Open Sky. She is a Patagonia ambassador, and activist who has joined film director Jack McCoy to launch global activist group Surfers for Climate.

Wavescape again hosts the Oceans Alive Surf Night with Two Oceans Aquarium and Wesgro. Producers Kilowatt AV beam the show from the aquarium, where top surfers and local and international conservationists – including World Surf League surfers, WSL Pure, Frank Solomon, Mikey February, Caitlin Moir and Matt Bromley – chat about big wave surfing and conservation in support of the turtle programme at the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, spearheaded by another speaker and CEO of the foundation, Maryke Musson.

The Blue Ocean Masterclass transforms into a virtual discussion on film industry best practices and innovative initiatives to keep film shoots plastic free. The webinar includes conservation activists speaking on topics from VR to shooting underwater.

Look out for Zag Shorts – a Wavescape collab with Zigzag Surfing Magazine. This short film competition for surf and ocean filmmakers culminates in an evening featuring the best 10 films followed by an awards ceremony and Q&A with the winners at Jack Black’s Brewery on Friday 11 December.

Organisers look forward to meeting you in the open air at a beach clean-up day of live performances and mural making with Beach Co-op, as well as the Spike Swell Course – a virtual evening of wave science and forecasting with Spike from

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What: Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival 2020
When: 4 – 12 December 2020
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