Movies alone won’t change the world — but the people who watch them can.


“There is an innate link between surfing and conservation. Those who are most in sync with the oceans understand the urgency to protect them like no other group. We all share the responsibility to act against plastic pollution, and surfers are well positioned to help deliver this message.”

Cyrill Gutsch, Founder of Parley for the Oceans.


We’re proud to announce a new alliance with Save the Waves Coalition to drive awareness and activism among the sea’s best sentinels: surfers. The partnership kicked off with the world tour launch of the Save The Waves Film Festival on August 4 in the world surfing reserve of Ericeira, Portugal. As the world’s only environmental surf film festival, much of the content is about raising awareness of coastal ecosystems and ocean health — and of the people worldwide depending on both. 

Save the Waves Coalition protects coastal ecosystems around the world in partnership with local communities, utilizing a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action. Collaborating under the Parley Ocean Plastic Program and A.I.R. Strategy, we can bring greater awareness to the threats facing our most vital ecosystem and engage a wider community in the movement towards long-term solutions.


“It was a natural fit for us. Parley’s expanding media presence and natural attention to oceanic storytelling made partnering with the film festival a win-win for all parties involved. We are excited to give Parley a platform to share their important message about the plastics crisis in our oceans, as well as their plan to combat it through Parley AIR.” 

Nik Strong-Cvetich, Executive Director of Save The Waves.


Beginning this summer, the Save The Waves Festival will travel along the US eastern seaboard before beginning a west coast tour in November. The next stop is Virginia Beach on August 19, followed by several stops along the coasts of New Jersey and New York.

Save The Waves Film Festival is only the beginning. We look forward to extending the Parley x Save The Waves alliance beyond the screen, and to more projects and progress across all levels towards a plastic-free ocean. Together we can bring the unique challenges facing coastal ecosystems to a global audience.

Every individual has the power to recreate this planet’s future, provided they have the inspiration to act in the first place. Cameras are some of the most powerful tools on Earth, and film is one of the influential forms of activism. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to get informed and motivated to lead the change.



To purchase tickets for the East Coast Tour of the Save The Waves Film Festival, please visit here.




Learn more about the festival tour locations and dates here. || @parleyxxx

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