2017’s Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival has placed focus on women this year, with an extended lineup of ocean-conscious events. Wavescape will be showcasing the talents of scientists, photographers and activists, using the ocean as their muse to advocate change.

Wavescape will premiere Blue Road, an entirely female surf film. It will also showcase Light Waves, a photographic exhibition by female photographer Saskia Koerner.

The lineup of favourites like Artboard Project, Clifton Beach Screening, Slide Night, Film Festival and Blue Ocean Master Class has noted a strong female presence.

Wavescape also hosts a move night at Rolling Wood Surf & Skate store, a Beach Coop Beach Cleanup, Jack Black Movie night, Mami Wata’s Night of African Adventure, and the Beach Reach educational day for children hosted by the Save our Seas Foundation.

Created for the love of surfing, the festival kicks off on 20 November and ends 10 December 2017. Now in it’s 14th year, Wavescape initially started as a means to capture the excitement of surfing through stories, but has gone beyond surf culture to something that speaks to the more environmentally conscious.

Festival Director, Shani Judes said, “Each year our festival showcases amazing people, their acts of kindness, talents and genuine love for the ocean. This year we are particularly chuffed to have so many more women taking centre stage and dominating our line-up. Pollution and global warming affects us all and we are all able to help effect that change.”

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