After a leadup week that included some pretty impressive swell, the Byron Surf Festival hits Byron this weekend with an impressive four days across Byron that include art exhibitions, live gigs, films, in conversations, art and craft markets, a sunset film up at Dening Park and lots of fun surf events. It’s really work checking out the program for all the amazing stuff that’s happening – and to do that you can go to www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au
One of the events that surf fans shouldn’t miss is the the photographic exhibition by Peter Crawford at a Spot of Genius Store opening in Byron on Wednesday 21 February – you can check it out all weekend.
The Echo heard from Peter Crawford’s son Justin about his legendary dad’s incredible work.
For those not in the know, Peter Crawford was a renowned surf photographer and some would say one of the best lensman the industry has ever seen. Having grown up on Sydney’s northern beaches he was also an avid surfer. BBSF has partnered with Justin Crawford, Peter’s son, to showcase some of Peter’s work captured over three decades with the most influential riders in surfing history.
Justin, what is your vision for this exhibit?
To capture the lifestyle from dad’s era and transform it into a fantastic display of his vision for all to see.
Is it the first of its kind in Byron Bay?
Yes, which makes it even greater!
Why are you collaborating with the Byron Bay Surf Festival for this?
The BBSF is a great fit with the creative minds launching such a show.
Tell me about Peter and why he is such a legend.
Dad was an inventor, creator, lover and a dreamer. This was displayed with the footsteps he left on the planet. He was a world-renowned knee-boarder, photographer and philosopher. A quote he told me was ‘Follow your dreams and so shall you become’.
What can people expect to see at this exhibit?
You must come to see!
Who will be there?
Humans, lizards, aliens, kids ’n’ ants…
How is FallenBROKENstreet. What are you guys up to at the moment?
FallenBROKENstreet is always up to many creative things. We just finished an east coast tour and collaborate with the great Mikey B aka Mt Warning playing music on the rooftop of our bus, powered by a generator. This will be showcased at the festival this year. Ha ve a dance! Yip yip.
Tell me about a Spot of Genius?
A spot of genius is an old Byron shack converted into a place that brings all creative minds together to sell what they create! We have lovely art pieces from a variety of artist, wetsuits from Atmosea, sunglasses from Enki, eyewear and jewellery from local brands, the stoney surfboards from Surfcowboys, more from Gato, Byran Bates… the list goes on. Come check it out. We live in such a creative environment so it’s nice to showcase these in one place. The dual art room has shows every few weeks, showcasing artists such as Jack Irvine, Ozzy Wrong, Luke Taaffe and Brodie Jackson.
To top it all off, we have Ehsto Coffee serving daily sips from the front deck. Yum.
What are your thoughts on The Byron Bay Surf Festival?
It is a really nice week / weekend to bring all the zany wacky invention, music and surfing wizardry together for a whole heap of fun!
What is Fallen Broken Street Doing for BBSF this year? You were quite the hit last year and we loved all your hats that were the prizes. Very cool. I got a hat too and i absolutely love it. Everybody asks me about it.
We are doing it all again this year. Come join in the fun. We have also made a custom hat for the festival. Come to the event to get your very own and decorate it so your little hearts love it even more. Thanks for the chat and can’t wait for the fun to be had!
For more information please visit www.byronbayfestival.com.au