Byron Bay Surf Festival

The annual Byron Bay Surf Festival provides a multitude of ways to immerse yourself in surf, art, music, film and photography, and win a thousand dollars simply for catching one wave. The three-day event held in and around Byron Bay features an impressive line-up of workshops, presentations, exhibitions, screenings, surf comps, and free community events.

This year’s highlights include performances by Donavon Frankenreiter, Ash Grunwald, Shannon Sol Carol & Oj Newcomb (Band of Frequencies), Dave Rastovich, Scotty Owen (The Living End), Terepai Richmond (The Whitlams) and Vinnie LaDuce (Mt. Warning).

“These legendary musos are playing to raise awareness, inspiration and continued support for local environmental and educational not-for-profit organizations Take 3, Australian Seabird Rescue, and the Burra Jurra (Indigenous) Surfing Program,” said festival co-director Mike Jahn.

“On the crafty side of the spectrum, the festival is hosting a variety of special workshops including Handplane Shaping by Grown Surfboards, Board Bag Making and Indigo Dye by Byron Bay Board Bags, and a very exclusive Wooden Fin Shaping workshop by master craftsman and Itako historian Nobuhito ‘Nobby’ Ohkawa who is travelling all the way from Japan for this event,” he said. “In fact, this year the festival hosts quite a large contingent from Japan, as well as from the USA.”

Opening night on Friday October 24 kicks off with a film screening of ‘Beyond the Surface’, Saturday’s program includes markets at the Tipi Pop-Up Block while Sunday features the Corona Party Wave dash for cash at Wategos Beach and Traditional Polynesian Surf Canoe Demo, just to name a few.

“Almost everything is free, outdoors and fun,” Mike said. “For the few ticketed events at the Byron Community Centre and Beach Hotel, get in quickly because they will sure sell fast.”

 

Photos by Byron Bay photographer Ming Nomchong.

Byron Bay Surf Festival

October 24-26 2014

Full program here

 

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