Celebrate surf in Byron Bay

A THREE-day surfing festival planned for Byron Bay in October will be a celebration of surf culture.
The inaugural Byron Bay Surf Festival will be held from October 21 to 23.
Organisers Vanessa Thompson and James McMillan said the festival would focus on surf culture which will include surf art, music, film and surfing events at Wategos Beach.
 There will also be workshops, surf expression sessions, a celebrity surf event, children’s art competition and more.
“We really wanted to showcase everything to do with surfing, and what better place to do it than Byron Bay,” Vanessa said.
“The festival is a celebration of surf and everything that goes along with that.
“There will be no competitive surfing events, rather surfers can express themselves in the surf.”
The festival will be held at various venues around town including Woody’s Surf Shack, the community centre, The Pass Cafe and Stone and Wood Brewery.
Opening night will be held on October 21at Stone and Wood Brewery in the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate and will feature an opening address by surfing legend Bob McTavish.
Saturday’s program includes surf markets in Railway Park; workshops in the community centre where Andrew from Grown Surfboards in Lennox Head will show people how to make wooden surfboards; and on Saturday night there’s entertainment from Andrew Kidman and Windy Hill as well as the screening of a surf film.
 A combined surf and swap board meeting will be held on Sunday at Wategos Beach from 8am to 1pm where surfers can swap boards and share stories, and there will be surf expression sessions and a celebrity surf event from 10am which will feature former World Professional Tour surfer Danny Wills.
A surf art exhibition will be on display at Retrospect Gallery in Jonson Street all weekend, and children will be invited to participate in an art competition called StART Me Up.
The festival has received support from Byron Shire Council and Byron United.
Main sponsors are Stone and Wood Brewery; the Pass Cafe; Byron Bay Accommodation and Woody’s Surf Shack.
Vanessa said the Byron Bay business community had been very generous in supporting the festival, but more sponsors “would always be good”.
If you can help, contact Vanessa at

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