A REVITALISED Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festivalpresented by Vans will be held in Cape Town from Friday, December 4 to Saturday, December 12, and will include 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 – will add a welcome physical element to a diverse programme of online and hybrid events hosted by Wavescape in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 will be 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 long-standing relationship with Wavescape. SOSF will present the outdoor photographic exhibit Wild Seas by National Geographic Photographer Thomas Peschak, which features his most iconic images from two decades of documenting the beauty and fragility of the world’s oceans. SOSF has also teamed up with artist Chris Auret to create an ocean-conscious mural along the Sea Point promenade.
Vans has provided 10 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.
Other events and elements of the festival include Zag Shorts – a Wavescape collaboration 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, December 11.