The Byron Bay Surf Festival took out the Surf Culture Award at the Surfing Australia awards night in Manly last week.
Festival director Mike Jahn said, ‘It was absolutely mind-blowing to be recognised with this award in front of some of the most legendary and most influential Australian surfers of all time. Mick Fanning was one of the first to congratulate us – so stoked!’
In his acceptance speech Mr Jahn said, ‘The festival started as a small idea a little over five years ago… to gather surfers who are keen to share their passion and we would have never ever imagined to achieve such amazing recognition and honours.
‘It was set up not just to emphasise surf art, film and music like many other festivals but also to connect to the original spirit of surfing as a community, highlighting people’s passions, original crafts, creative thinking and innovations while steering away from competition.’
Mr Jahn also said, ‘We are unsure if we can continue. We need significant help from the industry to keep this unique surf-culture festival alive.
‘Please get in touch if you want to contribute.’
See more about the festival at www.byronbaysurffestival.com and Surfing Australia at www.surfingaustralia.com.