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2017 Byron Bay Surf Festival

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is back and better than ever. The event will take place this summer, between February 24 and 26, 2017.

As the recipient of the 2015 Surf Culture Award, the festival is known internationally for its contribution to the surf world.

Jam-packed with over 25 ticketed and free events, the non-competitive festival celebrates culture, innovation, and sustainability. As well as surfing, events include music, art, film, yoga, surfboard design, fashion, literature, history, food, and health. The festival comes to its climax on the final day, with the spectacular Freestyle and Stoke surf session at stunning Wategos beach.

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Byron Bay Surf Festival 2017 Schedule

Friday, February 24

The Byron Surf Festival is set to open at the Lone Goat Art Gallery with an art exhibition. Festivities will move to the foreshore of Main Beach, where the opening ceremony and popular outdoor cinema will take place. The celebration will continue with live music at the Beach Hotel.

Saturday, February 25

Saturday begins with the free Surf Art Market along Main Beach. The tipi markets attract all sorts of people, whether or not they’re into surf culture. Later in the day, the ticketed events will take place. The program includes live music, a surf film competition, and yet-to-be-announced surprises.

Sunday, February 26

On Sunday, the Byron Bay Surf Festival goers head to Wategos beach to check out (or participate in) the action both in and out of the water. The foreshore will be dotted with a diverse array of handmade surf crafts. In the water, surfers will showcase their joy and creativity in a non-competitive environment. To finish, the Surf Festival will host a casual, ticketed closing party.

Beaches of the North Coast

The North Coast glistens with a majestic coastline and several beaches that are perfect for lazing, spending time with the kids or enjoying a relaxing swim. Here are a handful of beaches that you should visit.


Byron Bay Main Beach

The beaches of Byron Bay are in a league of their own boasting gorgeous views, white sand and perfect surfing conditions. The aptly named Main Beach of Byron Bay is the closest beach to the town centre and home to the over 100 year old Byron Bay Surf Club. This traditionally Australian beach attracts many visitors year round and is patrolled throughout the summer months from October to Easter.


Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads Beach is a popular spot for swimmers and anglers both. Being just a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay, Brunswick heads is enjoying growing popularity, while staying authentic to its traditional beach culture. The white sandy beach at Brunswick Heads is the perfect place to bring the family, including the dog, for it’s child-friendly swimming conditions and low tides revealing plentiful sandy playgrounds.


Lennox head

Popular with surfers for its internationally famous right hand break, Lennox Head is a beach in the Byron Bay region where travelers and locals can both enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful scenery. Between May and October, Lennox head is a great location to observe the passing migrating humpback whales or go kitesurfing.


Ballina

Ballina is home to Australia’s ‘Big Prawn’ but it is also a gorgeous beach, close to Byron Bay. There are many activities you can do while visiting Ballina including kayaking, bushwalking and camping or you can simply enjoy a glorious evening having a waterfront barbeque or picnic in the fantastic subtropical climate.


Wategos Beach

Wategos Beach is one of Byron Bay’s most exclusive locations, with luxury accommodations and tranquil atmosphere of the northern side of Cape Byron. Wategos Beach is a small beach, spanning 600m of pure white sand bliss, which is situated just a short trip to Byron Bay town centre. Wategos beach manages to avoid the crowds of Byron being just the next beach out from the main beach, and therefore offers a more relaxed and exclusive atmosphere.


Clarks Beach

Clarks Beach is a warm protected beach, which is ideal for all year round swimming and beach activities. It is popular with families and surfing schools for it’s small swell and patrolled by lifeguards in the summer months.

Belongil Beach

Belongil Beach is a dog friendly beach, just north of Byron. Beach goers can bring along their best friend to their day at the beach, or head up to the most northern end of the beach for a ‘clothing optional’ allocated area to get the perfect all over tan.


Tallow Beach

Tallow Beach is part of Seven Mile Beach which is actually only 8.3km long. This is a popular beach with the locals for its great surfing conditions and a great destination to visit for its stunning scenery, being situated with the Byron Bay lighthouse at one end and Broken Head at the other.

Backpacking in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a unique location loved by backpackers from around the world. There are plenty of hostels in Byron for backpackers, all with necessary facilities, great locations, and diverse room options.

Arts Factory Lodge

Love to surf? The Arts Factory hostel is located just 1.5km from The Wreck, a renowned surf break in Byron Bay.

Stay in mixed or single-sex dorm rooms, which include free Wi-Fi and access to shared bathrooms. Some dorms are situated in eclectic teepees or charming cottages, and others include kitchenettes. Private rooms with en suite bathrooms, and campsites are also available.

Hostel guests can use the free shuttle bus to get to town and other Byron sites. But there’s no need to head out to experience Byron’s nightlife. There’s a bar, restaurant, cafe, and brewery on-site. There’s also shared kitchen facilities, a swimming pool, a games room, laundry facilities, and bikes and surfboards for rent.

Learn more, check availability & book online.

Byron Beach Resort

Nestled among 5,500 square metres of lush native gardens is the Byron Beach Resort. This colourful resort is located just 6 minutes from Belongil Beach, and offers a free, regular shuttle to town.

Rooms include 4, 6, and 8 person dorms, female-only dorms, budget twin shares, spa rooms, and cottages, each with an en suite bathroom. Spa rooms and cottages come with outdoor spaces, TVs, and fridges. All guests are able to purchase Wi-Fi.

The Byron Beach Resort has all the necessary amenities, as well as ample room for socialising. There’s a communal kitchen, BBQ area, and hammocks dotted throughout the property. Have a game of volleyball on the onsite volleyball court, or rent a few bikes and ride into town. And don’t miss the daily yoga sessions!

Learn more, check availability & book online.

Nomads Byron Bay

Nomads is a well-kept, modern hostel situated right in town - 1.4km from Belongil Beach and 1.6km from Arakwal National Park.

Accommodation options include mixed and female-only dorms, and private rooms, some including en suite bathrooms. Private rooms also feature TVs, mini-fridges, and tea and coffee making facilities. Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and parking is available to purchase.

The hostel features an expansive patio/BBQ area, with hammocks, sun lounges, tables, and two in-ground hot tubs. You’ll also find a cinema lounge, and communal kitchen. Don’t forget to challenge friends to a game of pool or Ping-Pong.

Learn more, check availability & book online.

Five to Follow on Instagram

We spend a lot of time on social media, often sharing beautiful images from many of the regions great photographers with our fans and followers. Here's a range of local photographers, who primarily shoot Byron, that you should be following on Instagram.

davidyoungbyron

David is a professional advertising, editorial and fine art photographer living in Byron Bay. Follow at instagram.com/davidyoungbyron.

photography_byron_bay

Sera is a photographer, traveller & adventurer based in Byron Bay. Follow at instagram.com/photography_byron_bay.

seanosheaart

Sean O'Shea Art - Byron Bay - Dolphins - Surfing - Beach Life - Waves - Sunsets - Sunrises - Lighthouse - Wildlife - Art - Australia www.seanoshea.com.au. Follow at instagram.com/seanosheaart.

surfnturf.images.byronbay

Cruising Byron Bay & Beyond Sony A7R, A6000 & iPhone5. Follow at instagram.com/surfnturf.images.byronbay.

slap_byronbay

Surflife Australia Photography based in Byron Bay. Follow at instagram.com/slap_byronbay.

If you capture any Byron images you'd like to share on our Instagram feed at instagram.com/byron.bay.nsw, be sure to include #visitbyron.

BYRON BAY SURF FESTIVAL

October 25 - 27, 2013

A 3-Day Fusion of Surf Culture Now... a unique intersection between surf, art, music, film and the local Byron Bay community lifestyle.

This years festival is blossoming to its byronesque best, flowering a newly renovated program that's stacked, packed and budding with cool. Learn more, visit; www.byronbaysurffestival.com.

Byron Bay Surf Festival 2012

Three day fusion of surf culture now, Surfing, Art, Music, Film & Lifestyle.

Byron Bay will host a Surf Festival with a focus on the creative culture within surfing. We believe Byron Bay is the perfect venue to showcase all that is unique and attractive about surfing, drawing from the rich local and national surfing heritage, the creative energy and natural surfing location that is Byron Bay.

For further information, visit www.byronbaysurffestival.com plus the Festival Program is available.

2012 Byron Bay Surf Festival

October 26-28 2012

"It’s about time that there is a Surf Festival in Byron Bay." - Bob McTavish. What more is there to say, Byron has had a profound impact on generations of travelling, crafting and searching surf & ocean enthusiasts from all around the globe.

This is how the local and international acclaimed surf legend Bob McTavish opened the inaugural 2011 Byron Bay Surf Festival and was honoured to be part of this 3 day fusion of community focused events pertaining the creative culture within surfing including surf – art, music, film, photography, surf markets, workshops, surf history display, kids stART me up events, surf swap meet, freestyle & stoke expression session, surf demo's, mermaids, charities and more... 'SURF CULTURE NOW'

After a huge success last year with surfing legends like Dick Hoole, George Greenough, Alby Falzon, Taylor Steele, Tom Wegener, Andrew Kidman, Neal Purchase Jnr, Rusty Miller, Danny Wills, Mick Waters and the like contributing to a very special festival and raving about the great vibe it created amongst likeminded people around town it is fantastic to see that this year's festival October 26-28th is determined to put another icing on the cake.

Come along and get stoked to experience 'Surf Culture Now' events being hosted all around beautiful Byron town and it’s beaches The Opening Ceremony Friday 26th Oct will be presented by international surfing and ASP legend Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew, held at the Byron Bay Brewery & Buddha Bar, which is shaping up to be a night not to be missed - with presentations, the 'Surf Culture Now – Art & Photography Show', renowned surf bands and more.

So, what's new, well besides other additions like beach debris art creations, more surf legends and environmental kids projects this year there will be a 'Surf Shorts' short film competition where budding surf film makers get a chance to present their 7min short films to a esteemed panel of judges. The final 5 entrants will be shown on the Saturday night 27th Oct at the Byron Community Centre before the surf film premier. For the winner and runner-ups there are some amazing prizes up for grabs, including a film mentorships from a renown surf film maker Taylor Steel, a McTavish surfboard and a screening at the 2013 Byron Bay International Film Festival. Contact the Byron Surf Festival crew - www.byronbaysurffestival.com for details.

This year the workshops will feature a special surf literature surf workshop by Tim Baker, a Tom Wegner demonstration on how to make an alaia and belly board, Shaun Levings from World Surfaris will take us to the top 5 surf destinations plus much more.

Make sure to bring your boards down to the surf swap meet on Sunday Oct 28 th. The Surf Swap Meet will be open to all keen collectors and swappers with some hand selected shapers from AU, Japan and California exhibiting their unique craft.

Stay tuned for additions to the program on www.byronbaysurffestival.com . See you at the 2nd Byron Bay Surf Festival 26-28th October 2012 ...where most events are FREE, just like surfing is ...yew!

Video : A Day in Byron

Here's a great clip our facebook fan, Ricky, put together of a Day in Byron with his friends. It was a sunny day, they went to the Byron Bay markets - then had some fun in the surf.

From nearby Lennox Head, Ricky & his friends came to the markets on 1 April and had some fun bodyboarding & goofing off at the beach afterwords. Hope you enjoy the video.

Be sure to connect with Byron Bay on facebook.

stART me up

Byron Bay Surf Festival presents ‘stART me up’
Saturday October 22nd 1-5pm
Byron Youth Services

When I was a kid I would scribble perfect wave after perfect wave onto my schoolbooks. I would take my drawings of waves home and show my Mum and she always encouraged me and told me they looked great. So I kept drawing them. When I was older I looked back at the covers on my old schoolbooks and my drawings were never really that great, but because of my Mum's encouragement I never stopped producing art, and I still do today! JMc

Byron Bay Surf Festival presents 'stART me up', a new art exhibition for kids, developed by local artist James McMillan, in association with Real creative designs, Wings, and Volcom clothing. The purpose of stART me up is to encourage youth art and to give new and emerging young artkids (some very young!) a valuable and real opportunity to hang and expose their work, in an exhibition type environment.

There are prizes in each category, including paints and paintbrushes from Eco paints, with the major prize going to the winner of the 14 -18yrs group, receiving a 6-month artist mentorship program with James Mc. There is also the overall 'Volcom artist prize': One artists work, overall, will be selected to be a part of the Volcom clothing high-Summer range for early 2012 as a Featured Artist on their range of T-shirts which will be distributed all around Australia and New Zealand. This is Huge!! Once the their design is released the winner will also receive 10 of these t shirts to share with family and friends. Yew!!

The artshow will be on display at the Byron Bay YAC located in Gilmore crescent off Lawson Street opposite Byron main beach. It starts at 1pm and there will be a gold coin donations at the door, which will enable you to see the awesome art, watch the youth rock bands, and checkout the skating demo at 3.30pm. So come along everyone and have some fun!

Entries close Thursday October 20th at 4pm and can be delivered to 2/9 Marvell street Byron Bay, along with the $10 artist entry fee and A3 size artwork. More info at: www.byronbaysurffestival.com

Sat Night Byron Bay Surf Festival

Saturday night 7-8.45pm: Byron Bay Community Centre
Andrew Kidman: Live music/film, Taylor Steele: Andy Irons short film

A night of live music and film from two of surfings most popular filmmakers, Andrew Kidman (Aust) and Taylor Steele (USA). First up at 7pm is Taylor Steele's raw short-film surf-doco on the surfing life of the late Andy Irons. Taylor, good friends with Andy, put together the footage earlier this year and has only shown the film once before in Andy's hometown on the Island of Kauai. Byron Bay Surf Festival is honoured to be showcasing this film in Australia. In the words of Taylor's wife Sybil, the film is set to the sound of one loud punk rock song! Taylor Steele's' first films along with his latest have all had this similar style…the best raw surfing in the world set against the sound of blaring punk rock.

Andrew Kidman is a surfer and artist who expresses his innate connection to the ocean, surfing and life through many mediums, including music, film and the written word. Works of note include surf films 'Litmus' (1996) and 'Glass Love' (2005), his book collaboration (photography) with artist Andy Davis 'Way of the Bird' (2002), his current film and book release 'Lost in the Ether' (2010) and his current album with his band 'The Windy Hills' 'friend from another star' (2011). Andrew Kidman has always written and performed his own soundtracks, and his music has come to the fore in recent times, earning his band The Windy Hills (formerly The Brown Birds of Windy Hill) gigs at Splendour In The Grass, Mullumbimby Music Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival; also writing and recording the score to the film Searching For Michael Peterson with legendary guitarist Tim Gaze; and editing and touring the short film sensation Last Hope. Last Hope is an entirely unique melding of film and live music that has astonished audiences from New York to Brisbane. It is in this form that The Windy Hills will be playing live, at the Byron Bay Surf Festival, to films by Patrick Trefz's, Mick Waters and Andrew Kidman.

Saturday night continues with a live Dick Hoole film commentary followed by The Grains (live music) both at Woody's Surf Shack.

See our website for full weekend schedule www.byronbaysurffestival.com.

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