Top surfer Jordy Smith has urged South Africans to support ocean conservation, slating the pollution that is destroying the planet’s oceans.

Speaking in an interview about his new film “Now Now”, which screens at the Wavescape Surf Festival in Cape Town this December, Smith said that the next generation needed to be handed the baton to stem the greed that is “completely cleaning out the ocean”.

Smith, who is number four in the world as he heads to Hawaii for the last international event of the world surfing tour, has surfed at hundreds of beaches across the world and has witnessed the degradation first hand.

The Wavescape Surf Festival, presented by Pick n Pay, runs in Cape Town from 27 November to 16 December and is one of the most anticipated events on Cape Town’s summer calendar. The line-up this year includes the Wavescape Film Festival, which screens the world’s best surf, adventure and ocean conservation films at Clifton 4th Beach, The Labia Cinema and The Brass Bell.

Pick n Pay’s General Manager: Sustainability, Andre Nel, says with the screening of such inspiring films such as “Now Now”, he expects the Wavescape festival this year to be one of the most popular festivals yet. “Ensuring that marine resources are protected is a cause we care deeply about. We are very encouraged to see the positive impact that Wavescape is having in raising awareness of the importance of protecting our oceans and proud to support it,” he says.

Wavescapes also presents a surfboard art exhibition and charity auction (Art Board Project), an evening of talks by ocean thought leaders (Slide Night) and a surfboard market and party (Fish Fry).

Jordy’s latest film “Now Now” is an intense burst of explosive surfing in Mozambique, Indonesia and Durban. The first screening will be on 7 December at Clifton 4th Beach, “the most beautiful cinema on earth”.

The annual Wavescape Art Board Project showcases top artists such as Brett Murray, Mikhael Subotsky and Roger Ballen. Comedian Rob Van Vuuren will auction the art-boards at a charity auction on 4 December at Superette on 4 December. Proceeds go to NSRI, Shark Spotters and the Isiqalo Foundation.

According to festival co-founder Steve Pike of wavescape.co.za, a new event has been added to further enhance the festival’s mandate of educating audiences about sustainable seafood usage: “The Wavescape Fish Fry, presented by SASSI, unites sustainable ocean use and surfing lifestyle in a powerful way.”

Wavescape Fish Fry brings the surfing community together in a surfboard market (the Fish is a surfboard shape) at the Blue Bird Garage in Muizenberg, the historic and spiritual home of surfing in South Africa. Educational entertainment activations will take place featuring SASSI and the SOSF, while two Ultimate Braai Master teams will compete in a fish braai competition using sustainable fish species, with DJ Cath Grenfell from 5fm spinning the decks.

Janine Basson, the manager of SASSI, said:  “Living in harmony with nature is our vision and braaing is part of our culture. So bringing the two together presents a wonderful and inspirational opportunity to celebrate both!”

After the outdoor screening at Clifton, Wavescape goes to the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay and the Labia in Cape Town. Films this year include The Salt Trail, a South African surfer’s odyssey in Indonesia; Alaska Sessions, about a surf trip in the dark of winter; Killas y Un Kiwi, a Latin American account of the top young women surfers from that continent; and the African premiere of Russia, a beautiful look behind the crystal curtain of surfing remote breaks in Kamchatka.

Sustainable seas and ocean activism have been trademark themes at the Wavescape Film Festival for some years. This year, the films Stand, Into the Mind and Revolution bring home powerful messages that include research that shows that the Earth’s ability to house humans is diminishing due to ocean acidification and marine species loss.

After a successful premiere last year, Wavescape Slide Night moves to the Cape Town Aquarium on 12 December for an evening of 10 minute presentations by 10 ocean thought leaders intimately connected to the ocean. This informal, fun gathering was a hit last year. Included this year, amongst others, are Juliette Ball from the Ocean Love project, shark scientist Alison Kock, Mike Markovina from Who Moved my Sushi, and veteran white shark expedition leader and photographer Chris Fallows.

Festival Events

1. Wavescape Film Festival

·       Clifton 4th Beach Outdoor Screening – Saturday 7 December

19h00, FREE entrance

·       Brass Bell, Kalk Bay – Sunday 8 December to Wednesday 11 December

21h00 daily, R35 entrance fee

·       Labia Cinema, City Bowl – Thursday 12 December to Monday 16 December

18h00 & 20h00 daily, FREE entrance

 

2. Wavescape Art Board Project

·       Art Exhibition, Superette, Woodstock Exchange – Wednesday 27 November to 4  December

09h00 – 17h00 daily, FREE entrance

 

·       Charity Auction, Superette, Woodstock Exchange – Wednesday 4 December

18h00, FREE entrance

 

3. Wavescape Slide Night

·       Predator Room, Cape Town Aquarium – Thursday 12 December

19h30, R80 entrance fee (book online)

 

4. Wavescape Fish Fry

·       Bluebird Garage Market, Muizenberg – Saturday 30 November