Slide Night presents an evening of 10 minute talks by thought-leaders connected to the ocean. They include surfers, free-divers, photographers, activists, scientists and conservationists who share inspiring ideas and adventures in an informal gathering. This year, due to COVID-19, we have shifted Slide Night to an online event, which has opened up the scope for some incredible international thought-leaders. Our virtual Slide Night will be held on the 9th of December at 7:30pm. Tickets cost R80. The lovely Lauren De Vos will once again be our MC. (Above image by www.sachaspecker.com)

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Chris Burkard

On the Making of Unnur

Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Traveling around the year to the furthest expanses of Earth, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places. Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure, surf, and lifestyle subjects, Burkard is known for images punctuated by untamed, powerful landscapes. Through social media, Chris strives to share his vision of wild places with millions of people, and to inspire them to explore for themselves. His visionary perspective has earned him opportunities to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, speak on the TED stage, design product lines, educate, and publish a growing collection of books. Burkard and his team are based out of his production studio and art gallery in the Central Coast of California.


Cristina Mittermeier

Sea Legacy

Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier was born in Mexico City in 1966 and grew up in nearby Cuernavaca, in the sunny state of Morelos. She is a photographer and marine biologist who has worked as a writer, conservationist and photographer for 25 years. In 2005, she founded the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers as a platform for photographers working on environmental issues. In 2014, she co-founded Sea Legacy, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the ocean, with her partner, Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen. Sea Legacy is dedicated to protect the world’s oceans through storytelling. Her work has been published in many publications, including National Geographic Magazine and TIME. In 2010, she was awarded the Mission Award from the North American Nature Photography Association and won Smithsonian Conservation Photographer of the Year. Cristina is a Sony Artisan of Imagery, and is recognised as one of the World’s top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Magazine and was named one of National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurers of the Year.


Shamier Magmoet

Rise from the Cape Flats

Shamier is the co-founder of #SeaThebiggerpicture Ocean Initiative and the director and producer of Rise From The Cape Flats. Shamier never got to explore the ocean when he was young, but a deep fascination was fostered in him through the stories his father recounted of adventures made between District 6 of Cape Town and the sea. These stories lived in his imagination until four years ago when he put on a diving mask for the first time witnessing first-hand the kind of beauty the ocean had to share. It had taken him 33 years to finally get this experience. During the dive, he kept thinking, “I am only one person, how many others must have felt like I did.” This led him to start his journey into giving children in the Cape Flats education and the experience that he never got as a child. “In the hopes of changing the current mindset that we were programmed with, by past events that made us believe that the ocean was not for us. These days I am trying to make up for lost time. Diving as much as I possibly can, and learning as much as I can in order to educate others.”


Maryke Musson

Tales from the Sea

Maryke, a self-confessed fish-nerd, grew up with the ambition of being a dolphin. When that did not (completely) work out, she managed to obtain science degrees in various fields including marine biology, medical physiology, ichthyology and fisheries science, psychology and neurology. She has worked in the marine science field for the past 25 years, from aquariology, to research to sustainable production and governance, and has presented at many conferences locally and internationally. Her focus is on making a difference, every day, through marine conservation, awareness, research, education and sharing inspiring ocean stories. She is CEO of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, a Public Benefit and Non-Profit Organisation with a variety of environmental education and outreach programmes and a very successful sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release programme.


Naude Dreyer

The Desert and the Sea

Born into a family of Namibian conservationists, Naude has been involved with several environmental projects for most of his life. He keeps a strong link to the ocean through employment in diving, surfing and kayaking. He gained unexpected international fame through a dolphin rescue video he published on social media in 2016. Increasing encounters with entangled seals on the Namibian Coastline inspired Naude to step into action. What started as opportunistic seal rescues, turned into Ocean Conservation Namibia, which saves seals and other animals from being injured and killed by plastic pollution by a team of volunteers. Naude is now on a mission to spend more time fighting plastic pollution and to expand his seal rescues to cover a bigger area of the Namibian coast.


Zandile Ndhlovu

The Black Mermaid

Zandile Ndhlovu is the first black freediving Instructor in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also an avid Scuba Diver certified to a depth of 40m and is currently in the process of acquiring her Dive Masters certification through PADI. With her passion for the ocean, she later founded The Black Mermaid Foundation, which focuses on diversifying representation in the ocean from a career perspective. She also created the Black Mermaid Apparel clothing line. She fell in love with the ocean on a trip to Bali when she discovered her mission in life was to become a voice for the ocean. Her aim is to grow and learn endlessly about the ocean, educate, spread love for sharks and get more black and brown people into these magical waters. The beauty in the ocean will cast away all previous fears and build an army of ocean advocates.


Belinda Baggs

A Life in the Sea

A lifelong waterwoman, Belinda Baggs is best known for her graceful longboard style. Surfing and bodysurfing have always connected her with the sea, and she now delights in sharing the beauty of the world with her son. “He’s opened my eyes to the health of the planet,” she says. “We must not keep taking but focus more on what we can give back.” Some of her career highlights were Australian Professional Longboard Circuit Champion, 2000; Third in the Women’s World Longboard Championship, 2000; First female surfer featured on the cover of Surfers Journal;
Featured in the surfing and body surfing films Sprout, Dear and Yonder and Come Hell or High Water; and Ambassador for Take 3 for the Sea, and Patagonia


Sarah Waries

Shark Truth

Sarah Waries is the CEO of Cape Town's acclaimed Shark Spotters programme, responsible for the management and strategic development of this pioneering organisation that works towards the sustainable coexistence of people and sharks in our oceans. Having grown up in landlocked Nepal, Sarah's passion for marine conservation did not develop until a trip to the Cape Peninsula in 2004, where she fell in love with the area's natural beauty and unique juxtaposition of mountains and sea. Sixteen years later she is still here, and now focuses her work on protecting our fragile marine environment and uplifting coastal communities. Sarah has a passion for non-profit organisations and how they can be used to provide practical solutions to current conservation problems, with particular emphasis on the challenges of human-wildlife conflict. She recognises the importance and value of community participation in conservation efforts and strives towards combining conservation, science, environmental education, job creation and community upliftment for the benefit of our natural and social environment.


Paul Naude

The Board Collector

Multi-faceted surf entrepreneur Paul Naude Naude is perhaps South Africa's most successful surfing businessman. His story starts in 1967 at the Bay of Plenty in Durban. As a passionate young surfer, a hobby of hacking out homemade surfboards led to employment with Mike Larmont in 1973 on his quest for the perfect ride. His surfing obsession grew in surf competitions in the 1970’s with mentors such as Mike Esposito, Johnny Paarman, Bruce Jackson, and Michael and Shaun Tomson. He was a finalist in the Pipeline Masters in 1976, the year he co-founded ZigZag Magazine. In 1981, he traded in his caliper and clippings for a seat next to Michael Tomson at Gotcha. This took him and his young family to California in 1992. In 1998, Paul became CEO of the new Billabong USA, and in 2014 he left to create Vissla, a company rooted in the core of surfing ... the joy of the ride.

Since 1994, Paul has had a not-so-secret passion of acquiring pieces of surfing history - he has more than 500 surfboards from the early 1900s to 2020 - one of the largest private collections in the world. Paul tells us about his passion, including anecdotes behind three of the most iconic boards in his collection. His motto of ‘surf everything, ride anything’ has led to many a shaping adventure to craft the right board for the conditions. If can't reach him on his phone, you can bet he’s covered in dust and resin, or grabbing a handcrafted board to wash it off in the sea. Paul also works in environmental efforts, wildlife conservation, photography, wine making, and enjoying time with his family.