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Eight of SA’s top ocean protectors & enthusiasts to speak at Wavescape’s Slidenight in Cape Town

Environmental lawyer Cormac Cullinan, whose legal team stopped Shell’s seismic survey, joins seven salty sea souls to talk at Slide Night tonight, at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town. Tickets are still available for purchase here.

Cullinan, author of A Manifesto for Earth Justice, accepted the invitation by the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival presented by Vans to entertain and inform the audience with snappy 10 minute talks brought to you by the Save our Seas Foundation.

Cullinan will speak about a strategy to preserve the planet’s oceans by bestowing ‘legal rights’ on their flora and fauna in the same way humans have rights.

Parasurfing athlete Michele Macfarlane, who is blind, will speak how humans can live their best selves, no matter the challenges they face. Macfarlane surfs in the national parasurfing team and has competed on the world stage.

Sea Search founder Simon Elwen will update us on fascinating new research that tracks the increased presence of whales in our ocean as populations recover, and unearths new behaviours among them. He tells us about scientific concerns that they are returning to a modern era with its own challenges, from overfishing to the theft of their food source krill.

Kneeboard world champion Gigs Cilliers tells the hairy tale of his near-death while attempting to tow big wave surfer Jason Ribbink into a 100 foot wave off the Wild Coast. He found himself isolated from his partner in gigantic seas in the falling darkness of night trying to find a way to get to shore on his jetski.

Nandipha Masango and Neville van Rooy from Green Connection give us tips on how they hold to account the oil and gas juggernaut. They will recount anecdotes and personal stories they have experienced in the fight against powerful and well resourced corporates that can be dangerous and scary at times.

Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Education Centre educators Justine Swartz, Wade Naude and Logan Benjamin speak about a special tool to teach kids using puppets made from kelp. Using the learnings from South Africa’s rich cultural heritage and considering the current science, they are developing ocean stories aimed at resonating with our communities.

Marine Scientist Dr Koebraa Peters uncovers an alien invasion in South African waters of nasty little critters that hail from other worlds, but thankfully still confined to planet Earth, deep within our oceans.

Have a look at the remaining festival line-up below.

  • Tuesday 14 February: Artboard exhibition opens for viewing, Jack Black’s Tap Room
  • Wednesday 15 March: Slide Night, Centre for the Book
  • Thursday 16 March: Beach Co-op Undersea clean up and ocean chat, Fish Hoek Beach
  • Saturday 18 March: Board Meeting, Jack Black’s Tap Room
  • Sunday 19 March: Sunburnt Surf Club surf event
  • Sunday 19 March: Film night & Q&A curated by Sunburnt Surf Club at the Labia
  • Monday 20 March: Blue Ocean’s Master Class with Wesgro (Invest SA, One Stop Shop)
  • Tuesday 21 March: Deep South Film Night, Scarborough Community Centre
  • Wednesday 22 March: ArtBoard Charity Auction, Jack Black’s Tap Room
  • Thursday 23 March: Spike’s Swell Course
  • Saturday 25 March: Michael Cohen film with Vans at The Labia Cinema – Humanity Stoked
  • SeaWalls – Public Art Mural: Sea Point Promenade by artist NARD

More information www.wavescapefestival.com