Wavescape Surf Film Festival in South Africa

Surf-inspired outdoor movie screenings, art exhibitions and slide nights splash onto the Mother City summer social scene

Aloha summer socialites! The annual Wavescape Surf Film Festival will barrel roll onto our shores once again this November and December to bring surfing culture highlights to Cape Town. From Monday, 23 November to Sunday 13 December 2015, this electric line-up of short- and feature-length films, art exhibitions and seminars will hang ten in the Mother City, promoting ocean conservation.

This year, a record 10 African premieres of surfing and adventure films, as well as an additional 29 films, will hit the big screen at various venues in our beautiful city. These films are produced by local and international filmmakers. Two films to note are Ocean Driven, which premieres at the festival and stars South African big wave surfer Chris Bertish, as well as No Regrets, which tells the remarkable story of Ricky Basnett.

Inspiring ocean stories from unusual places around the globe, such as Chile and Iceland, is something of a theme at this year’s event. The films explore the relationship between humans and nature where people push various boundaries, from conquering frigid water and gargantuan waves to exploring the most remote surfing locations in the world.

Whether you’re from the surfing community or simply looking for an entertaining night out, then this festival is just for you.


Date Time Venue Event Price
5 December 9pm Clifton 4th Beach Beach Film Night Free
6 to 9 December 8pm Brass Bell Indoor Films R40p/p
10 to 13 December 6pm and 8pm Labia Theatre Indoor Films R45p/p

For individual movie titles, see the complete schedule at Wavescapefestival.com.


The annual Wavescape ArtBoard exhibition, which runs from Monday, 23 November to Tuesday, 1 December 2015 at Tiger’s Milk in Muizenberg, is a free festival highlight and an eagerly anticipated gallery showcase. Hosted by Rob van Vuuren, the event will showcase artworks by Andrew Whitehouse, Asha Zero, Beezy Bailey, Brett Murray, Chris Brehem, Conn Bertish, Jake Aikman, Sanell Aggenbach and One Love Studio.

These artists are given a surfboard and told to go wild. The resulting works of art are then showcased and auctioned off on the evening of Tuesday, 1 December 2015 to raise money for ocean conservation and surf-related non-profit organisations.


Another popular event at the festival is the Fish Fry, a sustainable seafood cooking challenge taking place on Saturday, 28 November 2015 at Blue Bird Garage Market in Muizenberg. The day’s events also include a used surfboard market where wave riders can bring up to three of their used boards to swop or sell, or peruse the wares of craft-brand surfboards. Not to mention, there will be fun edutainment for the little ones, while the big fish can enjoy craft beers and goodies from the food stalls. After the sun goes down, the party will heat up with 5FM DJ Catherine Grenfell, so be sure to stick around for a fishtastic jam.

Tickets: Entry to the Wavescape Fish Fry will cost R20p/p at the door or R50 per board to sell. Event starts at 4pm.


The Slide Night ocean talks evening takes place on Tuesday, 8 December 2015. Catch inspiring stories from 10 ocean gurus at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town City Centre. The following speakers will be sharing their salty tales and presentations on the night:

  • Yodit Ekland – African surf brand Bantu Wax founder
  • Jean Tresfon – Marine photographer and conservation activist
  • Cobus Joubert – WaWa wooden craft brand founder
  • Greg Bertish – Founder of The Little Optimist children’s hospital charity
  • Dr Sandy Thomalla – Ocean scientist on the role of Southern Ocean in climate change
  • Katja Rockstroh – Two Oceans Aquarium project to save turtles from plastic
  • David Hurwitz – Veteran boat operator on Killer Whales: The Wolves of False Bay
  • Otto Whitehead – Adventurer and expert on concept of biophilia
  • Grant Spooner – Big wave safety co-ordinator and skipper
  • Caleb Swanepoel –- Shark attack survivor

Tickets: Entry to the Wavescape Slide Night will cost R100p/p.


Tickets are available via Quicket.co.za and costs vary depending on the event (from free to R100p/p). For more information, visit Wavescapefestival.com or contact shani@wavescape.co.za or phone +27 (0)83 509 5106.

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