Competition celebrates connection between people and the ocean

Within the wake of a receding Covid pandemic, a theme of ocean rejuvenation and conservation underscores an thrilling in-person line up on the nineteenth annual Wavescape Surf & Ocean Competition, occurring in Cape City from 1 to 11 March 2022.

Competition Director Shani Judes stated: “On this tough period in human historical past, we really feel you will need to recognise and promote the symbiotic connectedness between people and nature. We actually wish to remind folks that you just can’t defend one thing that you don’t love.”

“With the intention to encourage this theme of rejuvenation, the pageant presents occasions that not solely rejoice browsing and the ocean however spotlight revolutionary scientific tasks and inventive strategies and instruments, in addition to conservation methods and ways, to assist us as we search to strengthen our position as custodians of the wild areas and creatures of the ocean,” she stated.

Within the 2022 pageant poster, which was designed by Judes & Nemov, the symbolism of the hyperlink between nature and humanity is portrayed by the road from a surfer and a fish utilizing their eyes as the purpose of related sentience.

“As a brand new mom who’s nurturing a younger baby, a part of this course of was to make sure that our position as nature’s protector is handed onto my baby, and in a way the poster speaks about that line of communication between mom and baby, and humanity and nature.”

The pageant, which is offered by Vans, shouldn’t be solely about nurturing nature, but additionally about creating a way of neighborhood amongst ocean-loving folks.

Competition co-founder Steve Pike confirmed the launch of a brand new occasion: the aptly named Board Assembly, which hosts a surfboard swap and an exhibition by sustainable ocean eco-brands and conservation organisations, with interactive actions for youths at Jack Black’s Taproom on Saturday 5 March.”

Wendy Botha browsing Off The Wall on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii. Picture: Peter Joli


The core occasions of the pageant return dwell and in-person, together with 5 days of ocean and browsing movies at 4 venues: The Labia Theatre on the town, The Galileo out of doors cinema at Kirstenbosch, a screening in Kommetjie, and ending with a Vans evening at The Shred skatepark in Paarden Island.

“We return with Slide Night time on the Centre for the E book for an epic night of salty tales on Thursday 3 March, whereas the Artboard Venture returns with an exhibition at Jack Black’s Taproom and a charity public sale mc’ed by Nik Rabinowitz on Wednesday 9 March. The theme for this 12 months’s Wesgro Blue Ocean Grasp Class (Tuesday 8 March) for aspiring environmental movie makers, is the artwork of filming underwater: the experience and tools required,” Pike stated.

To stick with the underwater theme, Wavescape has organized with the Seaside Co-op and divers from the Shark Spotters’ Web and Coastal Conservation models to run an underwater cleanup alongside the coast adjoining to Jager’s Stroll in Fish Hoek on Wednesday 2 March. The seafloor there’s suffering from fishing line, nets and plastic particles.

A loggerhead sea turtle swims within the ocean. Picture: Getty


A specialist night of conservation takes place on Tuesday 1 March on the Two Oceans Aquarium. Oceans Alive will host quick movies and a panel dialogue round conservation technique and ways with 4 South African ocean organisations (Sentinel Oceans Alliance, The Litterboom Venture, the Sea Change Venture and Shield the West Coast), with enter from a marine scientist, a former Sea Shepherd activist and a consultant of the small-scale fishing neighborhood. Within the wake of an avalanche of problematic mining actions and seismic surveys round South Africa, solutions to frequent questions – corresponding to how the general public can get entangled in conservation campaigns – might be mentioned.

The Ocean Photographic Exhibition – a collaboration between Wavescape, Orms, Canon and SJ Artists – began with a contest that attracted greater than 1,300 entries of ocean pictures from round South Africa. The highest 20 pictures might be exhibited on the Sea Level Promenade from the top of February.

The pageant is offered by Vans, with Save Our Seas Basis, PETCO, Jack Black Beer, Wesgro, UK Authorities’s Centre for Setting Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Wild Oceans and Gone Out of doors.

Cape City surfer Matt Bromley rides an enormous wave at Kommetjie. Picture: Alan van Gysen

Line up:

  • 28 February: Artboards go up at Jack Black’s Taproom (public sale 9 March)
  • 1 March: Oceans Alive on the Two Oceans Aquarium
  • 2 March: The Seaside Co-op – Beneath Sea Cleanup at Jager’s Stroll, Fish Hoek
  • 3 March: Slide Night time on the Centre for the E book
  • 4 March: African premiere of Woman’s Can’t Surf on the Labia Theatre
  • 5 March 12:00pm: The Board Assembly at Jack Black’s Taproom
  • 6 March am: Save Our Seas Basis Seaside Attain at Dalebrook
  • 6 March pm: Movie screening with The Galileo open air cinema at Kirstenbosch
  • 7 March: Screening of Our Oceans by WILDOCEANS on the Labia Theatre
  • 8 March: Blue Oceans Grasp Class offered by Wesgro at The One Cease Store
  • 9 March: Artboard Public sale at Jack Black’s Taproom with Nik Rabinowitz
  • 10 March: Kommetjie Movie Screening
  • 11 March: VANS Movie screening at The Shred – (closing of pageant)

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