Dual World Premiere in Portugal and Bali, July 28th.
2017 Tour Tickets Coming Soon!
U.S. East & West Coast, Australia, Portugal, Bali, Mexico, Chile & More

Save The Waves Film Festival is an international film tour and fundraiser for Save The Waves’ environmental programs and campaigns. Movies alone can’t change the world – but the people who watch them can.

Save The Waves documentary films and the Film Festival educate and inspire audiences to protect the coastline. Our interest is not to make films promoting nor glorifying activism, but rather film as activism.


Dual World Premiere in Bali and Portugal:

7/28 – Uluwatu, Bali; Drifter Bali

7/28 – Ericeira, Portugal; Portuguese Surf Film Festival

9/8 – Long Beach Island, NJ; Farias Surf & Sport 

9/15 – Montauk, NY; Atlantic Terrace

9/17 – Portland, Maine; Thompson’s Point w/ MSU

9/30 – Virginia Beach, VA; Wave Riding Vehicles

Tickets To Go On Sale Soon.

More To Be Announced:

U.S. East Coast

U.S. West Coast

Latin America


Our Selection Committee is currently in review! Stay tuned for when we announce this year’s shorts and features program.

  • Bianca Botta

    An avid surfer, skier, and mountain biker, Bianca has been passionate about the outdoors for as long as she can remember. In 2013, Bianca joined Red Bull Media House, where she has since been creating and executing multi-faceted marketing campaigns for some of the biggest outdoor and adventure films in the world.

  • Chris Burkard

    Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author, often traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth.

  • Nikki Brooks Artist Ambassador

    Santa Cruz photographer and surfer Nikki Brooks loves to document surfers on journeys near and far in search of waves less ridden. Nikki is excited to collaborate with like minded surfers and to continue to create imagery that will inspire others to protect the waves, coasts, and shorelines of places both near to home and those far away.

  • Danielle Clayton

    Resigning from a job and team she loved at Billabong NZ to buy a one-way ticket to the tropics, slugging back Singapore Slings enroute to the unknown, Salt Gypsy founder, Danielle Clayton, spent three seasons as a surf guide in the Maldives. 

  • John Daniels

    John Daniels is a true outdoors man! John has traveled and competed in several surf competitions over the past 12 years. He has a large role in his surfing community and has ran a surf camp every summer for the past 15 years.

  • Leah Dawson

    Professional surfer Leah Dawson has created her surf career as an influential voice in raising awareness of the women’s surf culture, identity, and community. With a desire to live an eco-friendly life, and be in service to others, she’s a unique storytelling voice for the Changing Tides Foundation.

  • Christian Charles
    Christian Charles Board Member

    British native and former professional ocean yacht racer, began his creative career as a writer, art director, creative director and director working on commercials for Pepsi, Lucas Films, Hershey, Ford as well as launching webMD during the internet boom.


  • Troy Eckert

    Troy Eckert is Co-Founder of Kozm and former Executive VP of Global Marketing for Volcom for 20 years, where he was the first employee, first pro surfer and helped build the brand from the ground up.

  • Todd Hanson

    Todd Hanson is a media producer and ocean lover who lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Todd has worked as Board Sports Producer at GoPro for the last 5 years, managing, editing, and producing hundreds of media assets. 

  • Tim Lynch

    What do you get when a friendly Texas linebacker falls in love with surfing, moves to the continental edge of Southern California, co-founds Woodshed Films with his friends, and produces pioneering surf and adventure films like 180° South and A Brokedown Melody? This guy

  • Jack McCoy

    Jack “Jake” McCoy Jr.  is the internationally recognized surfing photographer, writer, director, producer, and cinematographer, creating 25 highly successful films on surfing in a life’s work of award winning movies.

  • Sachi Cunningham Advisory Board

    Sachi Cunningham is a documentary filmmaker, visual journalist and Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism at San Francisco State University.

Each recognized filmmaker was awarded a curated collection of photography gear from our friends at Peak Design to help them continue to produce inspiring images and protect their equipment while traveling and working in the harshest of environmental conditions.

Best Short Film:

“The Urchin Hunter”

directed by Morgan Maassen

Best Feature Film:

“The More Things Change”

directed by Nate Myers

Environmental Impact Award:


directed by Sarah Teale & Lisa F. Jackson

Judges’ Choice Award:

“The Sun Also Rises”

directed by Chris McClean

No single-use plastic.

Bring your own cup or purchase the collectible Klean Kanteen pint.

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