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Wavescape - Surfing in South Africa

Mon, 5 November 2018

The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival 2018 has announced a focus on big waves while welcoming Cape Town craft beer company Jack Black as their headline partner for 2018.


SLIDE NIGHT: A popular event on the Wavescape calendar is the Slide Night evening of talks.

wavescape-poster-2018An expanded lineup of ocean-conscious events takes place in Cape Town between 12 November and 9 December 2018, with several satellite events added to the usual core events that have become an important part of the Cape Town summer calendar: the Wavescape Artboard Project, Clifton Beach Screening, Slide Night, Wavescape Film Festival and Wesgro Filmmakers' Master Class.

Wavescape also presents the Dungeons Experience, an exhibition comprising the largest selection of big wave rhino chasers seen under one roof in South Africa (at Jack Black's Taproom), and Big Wave Night, an evening of big wave celebration featuring the trailer for Satori Film, the upcoming Cape Town big wave movie, the launch of the portrait collection of Under the Sentinel and a panel discussion of shape and adventure.

Jack Black's Taproom will also be the venue of the world premiere of Satori Film. The lineup includes the launch of a rollicking yarn by John McCarthy called The Sexy, Ugly, Beautifuls at Rolling Wood Surf & Skate, a Beach Co-op Beach Clean-up, and the Spike Swell and Ocean Course at the Sports Science Institute.

Meg McCulloch of 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.”


MOVIES ON TAP: Headline sponsor Jack Black hosts a bumper lineup of events at their tap room.

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.

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.”


FESTIVAL FLAGSHIP: The evening on Clifton 4th Beach is always a winner. Photo Supplied

Several African premieres will be screened at the festival, with the Clifton 4th Beach screening taking place on Saturday 1 December, with four nights at the Labia Cinema in town, as well as movie nights at the Jack Black Tap Room, including the world premiere of the locally made documentary Satori Film that features the Cape Town big wave crew.

Co-founder of the Wavescape Festival Spike, says: “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 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 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. Supporting partners are Wesgro, Petco, Vans, Long Beach Capital, Gone, Mami Wata, York Surf and Zigzag. Thanks also to The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay.

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About the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival

Takes place Cape Town between 12 November and 9 December 2018 with favourites the Artboard Project, Clifton Beach Screening, Slide Night, Film Festival and Filmmakers’ Master Class. The 2018 iteration includes world premiere of Satori Film, a Cape Town big wave surfing documentary; launch of The Sexy, Ugly, Beautifuls book with John McCarthy; the Spike Swell Course; Big Wave Night & Exhibition; and Beach Co-op Beach Clean-up. All proceeds from Artboard go to ocean beneficiaries NSRI, Waves for Change, Shark Spotters, 9Miles 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. Supporting partners are Wesgro, Vans, Petco, Long Beach Capital, Gone, Mami Wata, York Surf, and Zigzag.


Programme 2018

Mon 12-19 Nov: Big Wave Surfboard Exhibition, Jack Black’s Taproom
Thu 15 Nov: 6.30pm, Big Wave Night w/ Cape big wave surfers, Jack Black's Taproom
Mon 19-28 Nov: Artboard Project Exhibition, Jack Black's Taproom (11 surfboards)
Wed 28 Nov: 7pm, Artboard Auction with Nik Rabinowitz, Jack Black's Taproom
Thu 22 Nov: 6.30pm, forecaster Spike Swell Course, Sports Science Institute
Sat 24 Nov: From 6pm, premiere Satori Film (documentary), Jack Black's Taproom
Fri 30 Nov: 7pm, book launch, Sexy Ugly Beautifuls, with John McCarthy, Rolling Wood
Sat 1 Dec: 3pm, Beach Co-op beach clean-up and beach activation, Queens Beach
Sat 1 Dec: 8pm, Outdoor Film Night, Clifton 4th Beach
Mon 3 Dec: 7pm, Slide Night, Centre for the Book
Wed 5 Dec: 6.30pm, Masterclass for developing filmmakers, InvestSA One Stop Shop
Thu 6-9 Dec: 6.15pm / 8.15pm, surfing and ocean films, Labia Cinema
Sat 1-2 Dec, Sat 8-9 Dec: Swim Free Confidence courses with John McCarthy

More details: www.wavescapefestival.com
Book tickets: http://qkt.io/s11QNE

Social Media: Instagram and Twitter @WavescapeSA

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