Bumper Festival

Wavescape 2013 web-620-thMon, 18 November 2013

Jordy Smith has come out in support of a bumper Wavescape Surf Festival this year, calling on South Africans to support ocean conservation to help stop the pollution that is destroying the planet’s oceans.

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Speaking in an interview about his new film "Now Now", which screens outdoors on Clifton 4th Beach, Saturday 7 December, Smith said that the next generation needed to be handed the baton to stem the greed that is “completely cleaning out the ocean”.

Smith, who is #4 in the world as he heads to Hawaii for the last event of the world surfing tour, has surfed at hundreds of beaches across the world and has witnessed the degradation first hand.

The Wavescape Surf Festival, presented by Pick n Pay, runs in Cape Town from 27 November to 16 December. The line-up this year again includes screenings of the world’s best surf, adventure and ocean conservation films at Clifton, The Labia Cinema and The Brass Bell.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, which is supported by the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), WWF’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI), Jack Black Beer, and glacéau vitaminwater.

Wavescapes also presents the Art Board Project (surfboard art exhibition and charity auction), Slide Night (an evening of talks by ocean thought leaders) and the first ever Fish Fry, (a surfboard market and party to raise awareness about sustainable fish consumption).

Pick n Pay’s General Manager: Sustainability, Andre Nel, said: “Ensuring that marine resources are protected is a cause we care deeply about. We are very encouraged to see the positive impact that Wavescape is having in raising awareness of the importance of protecting our oceans and proud to support it.”

The annual Wavescape Art Board Project showcases top artists such as Brett Murray, Mikhael Subotzky and Roger Ballen. Comedian Rob Van Vuuren will auction the art-boards at a charity auction on 4 December at Superette, Woodstock. Proceeds to NSRI, Shark Spotters and the Isiqalo Foundation.

According to festival co-founder Steve Pike of wavescape.co.za, a new event has been added to boost the festival’s mandate of educating audiences about sustainable seafood consumption: “The Wavescape Fish Fry, presented by SASSI, unites sustainable ocean use and surfing lifestyle in a powerful way.”

Wavescape Fish Fry brings the surfing community together in a surfboard market at the Blue Bird Garage in Muizenberg, one of the historic and spiritual homes of surfing in South Africa. Edu-tainment events with WWF-SASSI and the SOSF will take place, while two Ultimate Braai Master teams will compete in a fish "braai-off" using sustainable fish. Six members of the audience will win a seat at the judging table, which will be served a three-course meal by the teams (runners up of Season 1 Rust and Dust, and current contenders in Season 2 Smoke, Sweat and Tears). DJ Oscar from Masi and DJ Cath Grenfell from 5fm will spin the decks.

Janine Basson, manager of SASSI, said:  “Living in harmony with nature is our vision and braaing is part of our culture. So bringing the two together presents a wonderful and inspirational opportunity to celebrate both!”

After the Clifton screening, Wavescape goes to the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay and the Labia in Cape Town. Films include The Salt Trail, a South African surfer’s odyssey in Indonesia; Alaska Sessions, about a surf trip in the dark of winter; Killas y Un Kiwi, a Latin American story of top women surfers from that continent; and the African premiere of Russia, a beautiful look behind the crystal curtain of surfing remote breaks in Kamchatka.

Sustainable seas and ocean activism have been trademark themes at Wavescape. The film Revolution brings home powerful messages that include research that shows that the Earth's ability to house humans is diminishing due to ocean acidification and marine species loss.

After a successful premiere last year, Wavescape Slide Night moves to the Two Oceans Aquarium on 11 December for an evening of 10 minute presentations by 10 ocean thought leaders. This informal, fun gathering was a hit last year. Included are radio personality Deon Bing, shark scientist Alison Kock, Mike Markovina from Who Moved my Sushi, and veteran white shark expedition leader Chris Fallows.


Festival Events

1. Wavescape Film Festival

2. Wavescape Art Board Project

3. Wavescape Slide Night

4. Wavescape Fish Fry


“The Wavescape Surf Festival was born of a love of surfing and surf culture, and the simple idea of sharing these good feelings with an audience. Ten years on, we present a range of film, music and art events in South Africa, Reunion & New York, all with the aim of having fun, building community and promoting conservation.”

The Wavescape Surf Festival runs in Durban in July, and Cape Town in December. Our presenting sponsor in 2013 is Pick n Pay, and supporting sponsors are the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), WWF’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI), Jack Black Beer, and glacéau vitaminwater. Media partners are Wavescape.co.za, The Next 48 Hours, Men’s Health and Cape Town Magazine.

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