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The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival presented by Vans runs from 1 to 11 March 2022!


The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival presented by Vans will be held from 1-11 March 2022, and will comprise a diverse lineup of ocean-minded events, including film screenings, talks, art exhibitions, a charity auction, a lecture, community upliftment days, ocean expo, live music, a photographic competition and a public mural.

Festival Director Shani Judes: “Thank goodness we took the decision to move the festival from December 2021 to March 2022 to mitigate against Covid-19, and grow festival attendance during a less busy time of the year, with calmer weather in late summer!”


The Film Festival component includes five days of film screenings at four venues – the Shred in Paarden Eiland, the Labia Theatre in town, the Galileo at Kirstenbosch and one in Kommetjie.

Wavescape returns with the famous Artboard Project, when handcrafted surfboards are the canvas for SA’s top artists that go on exhibition and are auctioned for ocean organisations and youth development program 9Miles.

Slide Night returns to the Centre for the Book with some of the world’s best creative and scientific minds advocating social and environmental change, from scientists to artists; authors to activists, as well as salty tales of adventure and scientific curiosity from the high seas.

With the support of the Wesgro Film and Promotion Unit, the Blue Ocean Masterclass focuses on film techniques in and on the ocean, and includes top cinematographers and underwater camera experts sharing thoughts and expertise on the technology and skill of this burgeoning area.

Wavescape will also run the Save Our Seas Foundation Beach Reach on Dalebrook beach near the SOSF-Shark Education Centre in Kalk Bay, and Spike’s Swell Course, an evening of surf forecasting, marine weather and wave science.


The Board Meeting takes place at Jack Black’s Taproom, and will feature an exhibition by leading sustainable ocean eco-brands and conservation organisations, a surfboard swop and children’s activities, topped off by a DJ and band.

Wavescape has teamed up with Orms, Canon and SJ Artists to curate the Ocean Photographic Exhibition, which features the best ocean photographs in South Africa. The competition opens for submissions in early December and runs until 15 January 2022. Judges will choose 20 images for an exhibition along the Sea Point Promenade from 1 March. There will be a NSRI panel with information and donation information for people to easily donate to the NSRI..

After a break in 2020, Wavescape again hosts Oceans Alive at the Two Oceans Aquarium, an evening of surfing, activism and conservation. This year, we join Cape Town-based NPO Protect the West Coast to shed light on the effects of illegal heavy mineral sand mining along this pristine wilderness to the North.


We welcome our partners on board for another epic year together. The Festival headline partner is VANS and supporting partners are WesgroPetcoThe Save Our Seas Foundation , Long Beach CapitalJack Black Beer, The PET Recycling Company NPC (PETCO), Cefas (UK Government), WILDOCEANS & Gone.

Born from a love for the ocean, Wavescape is proud of the work done by its amazing partners who work so tirelessly to protect the world’s ocean and her creatures.


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