Byron Bay’s main beach and Apex Park was a hive of activity over the weekend for the third annual Byron Bay Surf Festival, which celebrated everything about surfing culture except competition. The day featured surfing music, art, film, photography, literature and legends such as Bob McTavish, Nat Young and Keith Malloy. The global gathering drew surfing enthusiasts from around Australia, California, Hawaii, Japan, Brazil and South Africa. Byron Bay has a long history of surfing culture and is one of the world’s spiritual centres for surfing. In the 1960s, surfers settled in the area while other alternative lifestylers followed suit in and around the town, eventually opening it up for tourism.
Video Sharon Shostak
Photos Jeff Dawson