Surf festival more than froth and bubble

The 2017 Byron Bay Surf Festival has a great lineup in store. Photo Ming Nomchong/BBSF

The 2017 Byron Bay Surf Festival has a great lineup in store. Photo Ming Nomchong/BBSF

Organisers of the annual Byron Bay Surf Festival (BBSF) are riding a wave of anticipation as the event’s February 24 start date rolls ever closer.

It’s hard to believe the festival, which was founded on a shoestring, is already celebrating its seventh anniversary.

But BBSF is about more than finding and riding great waves – it’s a celebration of the sport and the lifestyle in a cultural format that has attracted interest and support from surfers and non surfers alike.

Event highlights this year include:

  • Surf Culture Now Art Show – a gathering of local and international surf artists showing off their latest collections;
  • Sunset Cinema – a traditional indigenous welcome followed by Hawaiian music by Paula Fuga sets and an outdoor beachside screening of a feature surf film;
  • Surf Art Market & Tipi Pop-Ups –featuring designers, shapers, yogis, artisans, films, fashion, presentations, and live music;
  • Grassroots Activists – hosted by Dave Rastovich, this workshop recognises the important work small groups do in the area and will motivate you to take action;
  • Saturday Slide – the festival’s flagship event headlined by G.LOVE and Special Sauce. Between sets celebrate Jack McCoy’s 25-year film anniversary featuring clips from his famous surf films;
  • Freestyle & Stoke – this is a non-competitive surf day open to young and old is all about the pure stoke of freestyling your own way across the waves on a surf craft of your choice.
  • Hunters & Collectors – this show and demo will feature hundreds of boards from Australian, Japanese, Californian and Hawaiian shapers that you can peruse, try or buy.

View the full weekend’s programme here

Buy or book your tickets here


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