Over the past decade, the Save The Waves Film Festival has screened over 20 hours of the best of each year’s most beautiful and inspiring environmental surf films, featuring filmmakers from over a dozen countries – from first-time filmmakers with a passion for storytelling, to legendary auteurs in the field such as Taylor Steele, Chris Malloy, Morgan Maassen, Rodrigo Farias Moreno, Nathan Myers, Patrick Trefz, Sachi Cunningham, Chris Burkard and more.


Founded in 2008 with a single screening at the historic Victoria Theatre, the Save The Waves Film Festival was established as a platform to educate and inspire audiences to protect our coastlines and the oceanic environment.

Since it’s humble community-minded beginnings, the STWFF has grown steadily from what was a bi-coastal US tour to become the only internationally-touring environmental surf film festival in the world, which now spans five continents.  Although growth is a great metric for success, staying connected with and supporting the locals in every community we visit is what matters most to the Save The Waves team.


In 2018, we will be enhancing the film festival to give our guests a more hands-on, interactive experience in a few select cities, starting with our North American premier in Oceanside, CA.  This will not only create a memorable experience for attendees, but allow for more meaningful exchanges between Save The Waves staff and the local communities we visit with the festival.  These events will feature beach clean-ups, surf board demos, skills-based workshops, art shows and roundtables on local environmental issues.


Interested in bringing the Save The Waves Film Festival to your community?  We have created a licensing program to support like-minded environmental and educational clubs and organizations.  Current partners include Surfrider Foundation, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, Project Clean Uluwatu, and the Portuguese Surf and Flagstaff Mountain Film Festivals.  Write us at films@savethewaves.org to learn more about becoming a partner in our licensing program.