Wavescape Festival 2019

Sat Nov 9, 18:00 - Mon Dec 9, 00:00

Multiple Venues



The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival 2019 kicks into gear this summer with a line-up of 12 ocean- conscious events and more than 20 films at nine venues in Cape Town and False Bay to get you frothing for the holidays. International lifestyle brand Vans headlines the festival this year, enabling an extra week to extend the fun with extra emphasis on conservation, ocean activism and community upliftment.

Wavescape runs from 9 November to 9 December in Cape Town. 

“In keeping with an increasingly important mandate to conserve our oceans and our planet, we will again be working with partners to grow awareness to consolidate events around beach cleanups, ocean films spearheaded by Slide Night, which returns to the prestigious Centre for the Book with 10 minute talks by ocean thought leaders that include science, sustainability, adventure and activism. Of the 14 festivals we’ve produced, 2019 is going to be our most significant in terms of awareness, and there is so much the public can get involved in."

Here’s the full lineup:

Artboard Charity Exhibition and Auction: at Jack Black’s Tap Room. Artists are Michael Chandler, Karabo Poppy, Brett Murray, Arno Carstens, Heath Nash, Lionel Smit, Lucie De Moyencourt, Jake Aikman, Kate Arthur, and Grace Cross. Added to the lineup is a board shaped by Wawa Wooden Surfboards and decorated by former world surfing champion Shaun Tomson, with his 12 codes hand written and signed on one side, with the other decorated by top SA artist Blessing Ngabane.

Oceans Alive: An evening of surf, ocean and activism in collaboration with Gone, Patagonia, Two Oceans Aquarium, Sea Change Project, Wildoceans, and big wave surfer Frank Solomon’s Sentinel Ocean Alliance. We host a panel discussion on the many ocean challenges facing Cape Town in recent times, also touching on the UNESCO World Heritage Site bid for the Great African Sea Forests of the Cape, which would be a breakthrough for protecting the wild spaces around us.

Slide Night: the following speakers present 10 minute talks – scientist Sarah Andreotti on the latest white shark research, comedian Nik Rabinowitz on his mystery mission, ocean therapy advocate Dr Helgo Schomer, surfboard hobbyist Warren Talbot, scientist Jannes Landschoff on amazing ocean discoveries around Cape Town, the evocative photos of Caleb Bjergvelt, SANBI student Loyiso Dunga on his ocean journey to healing, and SA surfing champion Tasha Mentasti on women in surfing.

Clifton 4th beach film screening: Starts at 20h00, this feast of family orientated surf films and ocean shorts will inspire and entertain on the eve of another Cape Town summer season.

Partners: Vans, Jack Black Beer, Wesgro, Petco, Long Beach Capital, Gone, Cefas, CLiP, and York Surf.

Beneficiaries: All proceeds from the event are donated to beneficiaries The Beach Co-op, NSRI, 9Miles Project, Ocean Pledge, Adaptive Surfing South Africa, Shark Spotters, the Sabrina Foundation, and Sentinel Ocean Alliance. The 2018 art auction raised R782, 000.


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A month of Summer Fun

Published at: 7-11-2019 17:01
The 2019 Cape Town summer kicks off with a feast of ocean events and films at the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival, kicking off with an epic opening party and live bands at Jack Black's Taproom on Saturday 9 November!

KISS OF GOD: The tragic tale of Andy Iron's life and death will screen in Cape Town.

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The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival presented by VANS hosts a busy lineup of 15 cool events – with the screening of a record 30 surf and ocean films – at 10 venues around Cape Town and False Bay. Extra emphasis in 2019 has been placed on conservation awareness, ocean activism and community upliftment.

To underscore the increasingly urgent mandate to save our oceans, Wavescape will work with partners to host beach clean-ups, an ocean filmmaker's master class, oceanic panel discussions and talks, themed conservation evenings and film screenings.

We again hold an Oceans Alive evening at the Two Oceans Aquarium. This time, it's about ocean, activism and upliftment as we explore the unique ocean issues of Cape Town with the Sea Change Project, WildOceans, Sentinel Ocean Alliance and Gone. It'll include a panel chat, a short screening and some fund raising for Frank Solomon's Hout Bay youth programme.

Following the successful launch in Durban this year of the conservation flagship event Slide Night, the evening of short, punchy talks by ocean thought leaders returns to Cape Town to the prestigious Centre for the Book to immerse us in science, sustainability, aesthetics, adventure and activism. Slide Night takes place on Monday 2 December.


SHIVER ME TIMBERS! Look what's heading our way: White Rhino, a film about ... er ... small waves.


Slide Night speakers
The festival opens with a special VANS night that includes live music (The Dinosaurs and Diamond Thug to play) and the African premiere of The Tony Alva Story - famous Dogtown legend - at Jack Black's Taproom on 9 November. This year, the festival runs for a full month, packed with events, including 10 days of film screenings, the exhibition of 11 surfboards for the Artboard Project at Jack Black's Taproom, with the Artboard charity auction set for Wednesday 27 November. We have an incredible lineup of artists, including a one-of-a-kind sustainably shaped surfboard by Wawa Wooden Surfboards inscribed and signed on one side by Shaun Tomson with his 12 surfing codes, and a decorative painting on the other by acclaimed SA artist Blessing Ngobeni.

Wavescape has announced the screening and premiere of several blockbuster surfing documentaries, including Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story; Andy Irons: Kissed by God and the Bethany Hamilton film, Unstoppable. Wavescape will also add a two-day film festival outreach at Scarborough, showing films at the Camel Rock restaurant, before the famous outdoor screening at Clifton 4th Beach on Saturday November 30.

The festival moves to the Changing Oceans filmmaker masterclass with Wesgro, followed by themed film screenings and panel discussions at Two Oceans Aquarium and The Electric in District Six, followed by surfing films at the Labia Theatre from 5 to 8 December.

Films include How to Learn How to Surf, a hilarious spoof of surf culture. Amongst the South African films that will be screened, we include a short featuring Cape Town hero Mikey February called Nu Rhythmo, the Jason Hearn production Made in Africa that showcases our incredible coast, the Rick Wall film Sentinel Ocean Alliance, and the gritty short Street Surfers. There are a range of other great little shorts.

STAR STRUCK: The Wavescape screening at Clifton is integral to Cape Town's summer.

What is an ocean festival without huge waves? Wavescape will present White Rhino, featuring gigantic waves in Hawaii, Tahiti, and Fiji. Nordurland is shot in the Arctic Circle, and will no doubt have even Cape Town surfers running for serious rubber.

The Andy Irons film tells the untold and tragic story of Andy Irons, who died after a painful life battling with bipolar disorder and opioid addiction. Paige is the unheralded story of big wave surfing hero Paige Alms. We're also proud to have scored the rights to Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, the inspiring story of a young girl who becomes one of the best surfers in the world, despite losing her left arm to a tiger shark.

Of the 30 films we're bringing to Cape Town, exactly a third are made in or by South Africans, and we're stoked to be able to assist local filmmakers with our annual filmmaker's masterclass. This year we again partner with Wesgro. The theme is Changing Oceans: making conservation documentaries. It will be held at the InvestSA One Stop Shop on Wednesday 4 December.

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About the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival

Takes place in Cape Town between 9 November and 9 December 2019 with favourites the Artboard Project, Clifton Beach Screening, Slide Night, Film Festival and Filmmakers’ Master Class. The 2019 iteration includes activations, events, talks and beach cleanups with Ocean Pledge and the Beach Co-op. All proceeds from our charity events (spearheaded by the Artboard Project) go to ocean beneficiaries NSRI, Shark Spotters, 9Miles Project, Ocean Pledge, Beach Co-op, South African Adaptive Surfing and Sentinel Ocean Alliance. Last year’s art auction raised R782,000. The Festival headline partner is Vans. Supporting partners are Wesgro, Jack Black Beer, Petco, Long Beach Capital, York, CLiP, and Gone.

Lineup 2019

Sat 9 Nov – Vans Opening Night, live bands, premiere, Jack Black's Tap Room, 18:00
Thu 14 Nov – Ocean Pledge Film Night, The Electric, District Six, 18:00
Sat 16 Nov – The Beach Co-op Seaside Scavenge, Strandfontein Beach, 09:00
Mon 18-27 Nov – Artboard Exhibition, Jack Black's Tap Room, 09:00-17:00
Wed 20 Nov – Oceans Alive: surf, ocean and activism, Two Oceans Aquarium, 19:00
Thu 21-22 Nov – Deep South Surf Films, Camel Rock, Scarborough, 19:30
Sat 23 Nov – Beneath the Surface, The Beach Co-op, Harvest Cafe, Muizenberg, 18:30
Wed 27 Nov – Artboard Charity Auction, Jack Black's Tap Room, Diep River, 19:00
Sat 30 Nov – Clifton 4th Beach Screening, 20:00
Mon 2 Dec – Slide Night, Centre for the Book, 19:00
Wed 4 Dec – Changing Oceans Master Class, InvestSA One Stop Shop, 18:30
Thu 5-8 Dec – Film Festival, Labia Theatre, 18:15 and 20.30
Thu 5 Dec – Vans Night, 20:30
Fri 6 Dec – “Plastic China” screening with The Beach Co-op, 18:15
Fri 6 Dec – York Night, 20.30
Sat 7 Dec – All Africa Night, 20:30
Sun 8 Dec – Gone Night, 20:30

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Thanks to our partners!


Wavescape Festival 2019
Multiple Venues
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