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The Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival united artists and ocean lovers. With surfboards playing canvas, their artboards auction raised a fortune for ocean heroes from the NSRI to Shark Spotters:


Western Cape, South Africa (13 March 2024)—The Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival recently gathered fierce lovers of our seas and artists to create artboards for a cause—a highlight on the festival’s calendar of epic events.

This year marked 20 years of the festival that got its start as a surf film festival in 2004. Since then, the Wavescape Festival has grown to become something of a champion gathering—bubbling with occasions that inspire change-makers who understand just how important our oceans and aquatic life are in the fight against environmental havoc.

The artboards charity auction is always a crown event where direct change is inevitable. This year, funds were raised for the NSRI, Shark Spotters, Ocean Pledge, 9 MilesProject and the beach Co-op. All of these are ocean heroes in their own right, and making sure that they get extra support is what the artboards are all about!

And extra support is exactly what made a splash.

Per Wavescape’s Steve ‘Spike’ Pike, R354 000 was raised thanks to the artboards!

“A packed house of about 240 people were treated to [Nik Rabinowitz’] acerbic wit and endless font of humour while emptying a few pockets for important ocean charities. We’re pretty chuffed at the total amount considering the economic times we live in,” Spike shared.

Take a Look at the Artboards for a Cause:

Meanwhile, in other Wavescape news, the momentum is still on for young creatives looking to learn more about adventure filmmaking at the festival’s Film Synopsis event.

Today, the Wave Theatre on Long Street will be hosting talks, panel discussions and Q&A’s for a day of career-entry mentorship and networking—all for free, or R50 for those who wish to contribute to the event. 

Sources: Supplied; Steven Pike 
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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