Cosmic Creek, the 24-year-old Californian event that celebrates surfing’s transition years of the 1970s and ’80s, is coming to Byron Bay next month as part of the Byron Bay Surf Festival.
Cosmic Creek is the brainchild of Californian surf industry veteran Eric Diamond, who established the event to recognise and celebrate the surfboard shaping community, in honour of his father Daryl who delivered the Clark Foam surfboard blanks to the US shaping community from the 1960s through to 1980.
The event has run for 24 years in the US, from its spiritual home of Salt Creek, and this is the first time it has come to Australia.
Participants in Cosmic Creek ride supplied single and twin fins, shaped up to 50 years ago by some of the region’s iconic shapers, including Bill Wallace, Gunther Rohn, Dick Van Straalen, Geoff McCoy, Tony Dempsey, Hayden Kenny, and Chris Brock.
The craft ridden in each heat is chosen via a random draw ahead of each heat to ensure no individual benefits from having their own special craft.
The event, which is open to all comers and includes a range of age divisions and an exhibition pro division, is being brought to Byron Bay by surf brand Vissla. The competition will run on Friday 9 September, and Saturday 10 September, and will be immediately followed by an evening of free music at the Rails Hotel.
Surfing heats will take place at The Wreck.