The Byron Bay Surf Festival is well under way with plenty of activities over the weekend to keep every surfer happy. Tropical cyclone Oma might have a hand in what unfolds, but organisers say it’s full steam ahead.
As Oma’s weather warnings continued to spread through town, the forecasts have not dampened festival spirits. In fact, the excitement of unprecedented surf potential in line with the festival, has only heightened the crowd’s enthusiasm, excited to witness event special guests in the water.
This year the surf festival hosts are Mark Occhilupo, Dave Rastovich, Lisa Anderson and Kelia Moniz just to name a few.
The festival continues today, and this weekend with the Beach Hotel music line up, Women’s Panel, Loan Goat Gallery Art Show and Freestyle & Stoke at Wategos this Sunday.
After close consideration of the BoM weather patterns for today, the festival has relocated the GoPro Sunset Cinema to the Beach Hotel and cancelled the Friday Twilight Market.
A decision regarding the Saturday is pending.
Despite weather conditions, the festival demographic no doubt will be happy with swell pumping under near-gale-force SSE winds, surf expected to reach 10 – 12 ft. Mother nature wants to see a good show.
One of the highlights of the festival is a great raffle of a McTavish surfboard – tickets are available for only $10 or $24 for three – at all the festival events and it will be drawn on Sunday during the freestyle event.
So far the festival has been awesome, the rest of the program is here:
FRI 22 FEB 6.30AM FLURO FRIDAY – THE PASS BYRON BAY
Set your alarms! Fluro Friday brought to you by One Wave Is All It Takes kicks off our Friday! Dress Fluro and Funky and support mental health.
FRI 22 FEB 10-12NOON WOMEN; BEYOND THE CURL WITH THE WORLD CHAMPS
THE BEACH HOTEL BYRON BAY
Come and meet World Champion Surfers and all-round inspiring women Stephanie Gilmore, Lisa Andersen (USA) & Kelia Moniz (HAW) Our special guest hosts will be talking with the girls in a live Q&A format about life, surfing, winning, success with it’s ups and downs, and making their mark in what was once a hugely male dominated sport.
FRI 22 FEB 530-7PM BBSF ANNUAL ARTSHOW – LOAN GOAT GALLERY BYRON BAY
Grab all your family & friends for an incredible showing of brand new art from this year’s featured artists, Nanda Ormond (NZ above left) Luke Day, Filippa Edghill (NOR above right) James McMillan, Jaleesa Vincent, Kentaro Yoshida (JPN), Duncan Macfarlane, and more.
FRI 22 FEB 3-9PM TWILIGHT MARKETS – DENING PARK BYRON FORESHORE
The afternoon will start with the Twilight Surf Art Markets featuring a range of both unique local and international vendors including an assortment of yummy food and beverage trucks followed by some live music leading in to the Sunset Cinema.
FRI 22 FEB 7-9PM SUNSET CINEMA – BEACH HOTEL
Opening with a traditional Welcome to Country, some very special guests, a surprise acoustic music set, followed by a new short film and the Australian major film premiere of Trouble, Lisa Andersens amazing true story followed by a Q&A with Lisa. Come down with friends, family, cushions, and kids.
Food & Drinks available!
FRI 22 FEB LIVE MUSIC THE BEACH HOTEL
From 9pm. Tix on door.
SAT 23 FEB 9-5PM SURF ART MARKETS – DENING PARK BYRON FORESHORE
The Surf Art Markets will kick off at 9:00am (8am for yoga), Saturday morning, featuring a wide range of the best surfboard craftsmen, artists, fashion designers, thinkers, creatives, workshops, talks, environmental groups, large choices of food & bevs including Veg, and all of it beating along to the sounds and vibes of many live music acts, and so much more..! A fun day for you, your mates and the whole family.
SAT 23 FEB 5-9PM MOVIES – BYRON BAY COMMUNITY CENTRE
Get set for two new and amazing movies out of the USA. Special guests and Director Q&A’s.
SAT 23 FEB LIVE MUSIC THE BEACH HOTEL
From 9pm. Tix on door.
SUN 24 FEB 7-3PM FREESTYLE & STOKE SURF SESSIONS – WATEGOS BEACH
Featuring some of surfing’s best and most eccentric sliders, brand new progressive wave-riding categories, and for the third consecutive year, BBSF will host one of last years crowd favourites…the McTavish Trim!! Catch both locals and some of the worlds best surfers as they exhibit surfing with style and skill on a variety of surfcraft including, Logs, Soft, Wooden, All girls, Bodysurfing, 10ft ‘Trimmers’ and the all inclusive BBSF Party Wave!
SUN 24 FEB THE McTAVISH TRIM WATEGOS
Big boards Long rides.
SUN ARVO 24 FEB 4PM BBSF WRAP PARTY – LIVE MUSIC THE BEACH HOTEL
Three exciting bands. Tix on door.
For more information, visit the Byron Bay Surf Festival website.