The Wavescape Artboard Project raised a record R300, 000 for ocean causes this week with the surfboard decorated by renowned South African artist Lionel Smit going for an individual record of R67, 000.


Iconic pop artist Brett Murray’s board went for R55, 000. This equals the previous record set for his board in 2013. The previous record for the auction was R234, 000 raised in 2012.


This year, proceeds from the auction will go to the NSRI, Wave For Change, Shark Spotters and the South African Adaptive Surfing team, who are on their way to California for the world championships in a few days.


The sculptured board by Jenna Barbe, who created an intricate replication of bleached coral reef, had enjoyed a lot of social media attention before the event. It went for R27, 000, while the simply rendered oil painting of a calm ocean by Jake Aikman brought in R30, 000. The next board to go was Steve Pike’s painting based on the original The Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai in 1830, which raised R23, 000.


A bustling crowd of several hundred people at Tiger’s Milk in Muizenberg, near Cape Town, cheered and laughed at the antics of MC Nik Rabinowitz who entertained the crowd with comedy, while helping some lighten their pockets.


Festival Manager Shani Judes said it was an inspiring evening that really raised the bar for future iterations of the event. “We just want to thank everyone for coming out to support, and a huge thanks to the 11 artists who participated, as well as the kind-hearted buyers who continue to support us year after year.


The other artists who participated were Alexis Aronson, Manuela Gray, Jake Aikman, Peter Van Straten, Steve Pike, Sujay Sanan, Chris Burkard, Conrad Botha and Jenna Barbe


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2016 Board Prices

Lionel Smit – R67, 000

Brett Murray – R55, 000

Jake Aikman – R30, 000

Jenna Barbe – R27, 000

Steve Pike – R23, 000

Conrad Botes – R21, 000

Sujay Sanan R20, 500

Alexis Aronson Board R17, 000

Chris Burkard – R15, 000

Peter van Straten – R13, 000

Manuela Gray Board R10, 000


Wavescape Festival 2016 Lineup


Artboard Exhibition: Tiger’s Milk, Muizenberg (9am til late, Mon 21 Nov – Tue 29 Nov, free)

Fish Fry: Jack Black Brewery, Diep River (6pm, Sat 26 Nov, R40)

Artboard Auction: Tiger’s Milk, Muizenberg (7pm, Tues 29 Nov, free)

Beach Film: Clifton 4th Beach (9pm, Sat 3 December, free)
Short Cuts Workshop: Woodstock Exchange (4pm, Mon 5 Dec, free)

Slide Night: Centre for the Book (7pm, Tues 6 Dec, R120)

Be Frank Film Night: Jack Black Brewery (7pm, Wed 7 Dec, R55)

Beach Reach: Muizenberg Corner, (10am, Sat 10 Dec)

Film Festival: Labia Cinema (6 and 8pm, Thu 8 to Sun 11 Dec, R55)

Sea-Change Night: Two Oceans Aquarium (7pm, Sun 11 Dec)


Proudly supported by the Save Our Seas Foundation; WWF-SASSI; the South African PET Plastic Recycling Company; Marine Stewardship Council; Jack Black Beer; Fipper South Africa; Cape Town and Western Cape Film and Media Promotion unit, a division of Wesgro; Long Beach Capital; Channel 24; Fast Company South Africa;; Sunday Times Your Neighbourhood, Mapula Trust; York; Keep It Simple Surf; Channel Island Surfboards; Surf Emporium; Billabong and RVCA


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