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Francis Cloake fine art beach photography

Francis Cloake is a Byron Bay based photographer.

After taking time out to raise a family, she returned to photography in 2018 with the fine art photographic series, Surf. This collection of fine art photographic limited edition prints has sold to collectors in Australia, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

Francis has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in London and Australia, and is currently represented by Pack Gallery Studio in Bangalow and Martine Gallery in Sydney. 

An artist capable of transforming well-known subjects into objects of evocative beauty and wonder, Francis has limited edition fine art photography prints available at www.folkeart.com and you can follow her on Instagram @folkeart.

Brenda Miley the Business Women in boardshorts - Lets Go Surfing

Surfing has been part of Australian culture for decades. Australian surf resonates on our pristine beaches and Australian waves. Today surf schools are lining up the coast from North to South, but 25 years ago this wasn't the case.

Brenda Miley started Let's Go Surfing out of the back of a Kombi van in 1995 at the iconic Bondi Beach as an idea to encourage more women into surfing.

One of a few women in Sydney’s 1980’s surf scene, Brenda was also a competitive surfer. She was always disappointed at the lack of women not just in competitions, but in surfing in general. Then, in 1995, a lightbulb moment hit.

“I was one of the only female surfers,” she says. “With the surfing bug fully entrenched in my life, I competed in all levels of competition from club level through to Australian titles, and discovered the absolute joy of travelling the world to surf. It was often daunting, being the only woman in the surf. I wanted to change the way girls experienced surfing and wanted to encourage them. And I thought to myself, I’m a PE teacher. I’ve got these skills, why don’t I start teaching women how to surf?” And that was the little piece of a life puzzle Brenda’s heart desired: ”Armed with a passion for teaching, surfing and making a difference to women’s lives, I discovered running a surf school was exactly what I was meant to be doing.”

Brenda’s Kombi van surf school is now a multi award-winning surf school head-quartered in Australia’s Sydney’s home of surfing, Bondi Beach, with operations in Maroubra, La Perouse, Byron Bay, Ballina and Lennox Head. Today the LGS Team includes local and international Male and Female surfing & Stand Up Paddle Board Coaches and Instructors, who love sharing their expertise and knowledge with their guests from all over the world. LGS has recently launched a new Stand Up Paddle Board Tours Lets Go SUP in the Beautiful New South Wales Northern Rivers regions of Byron Bay and Ballina.

Lets Go Surfing and Lets Go SUP run a daily surf and SUP lesson for kids, women, groups, and corporations, for all people of all levels. To find out more about our surf and SUP lessons give a call our friendly staff at 02 (02) 6680-9443 or visit our www.letsgosurfing.com.au

2020 Byron Bay Surf Festival - 10 years of Surf Culture!

The 2020 Byron Bay Surf Festival celebrates 10 years of bringing surfers, musicians, artists, filmmakers, activists and water-people together to celebrate surfing and all that it culturally encompasses!


 "We didn't aim for ten years and there was definitely no master plan to make anything huge or whatever. It was just like, 'our culture and the art of surfing deserves to be nurtured and celebrated...let's do this'...and we've pretty much just surfed that wave through each year". JMc


 
We dreamed up events, we invited friends, the biggest legends of surfing, artists, filmmakers, activists, and musicians and we prayed for waves. And because the Byron community and the larger surf community loved it and supported it, it's been a huge success!


 
Thank you for joining us to celebrate surfing and all that goes along with it!! It's been nothing but, as Bob McTavish describes BBSF, "F-U-N...FUN!!"

This year, like every year, we have a packed weekend...(see 3-day weekend!) New events, film premieres, live music, art shows, surf sessions, surf comp, surf markets, workshops, special guests and more…

Byron Bay Surf Festival
14-16 February 2020
Full details and tickets at www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au

Most popular social media posts of 2018

We're pretty active across social media, we like posting and sharing a wide variety of images in order to best showcase the Byron region. Looking back over 2018, here are some of our most popular posts. Be sure an follow byronbay.com on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest

The World Naked Bike Ride day in Byron Bay

The World Naked Bike Ride is both popular AND popular to share on social, our 2018 post was huge, the 2019 details are available now.

Killen Falls

Killen Falls are located a little outside of Byron, but a popular waterfall to visit and always popular on our social media.

Jared Hues Lunar Eclipse over Cape Byron Lighthouse

This was very popular when we re-posted it in July.

Sunset Surf video by ali_byron2481

Alison posts sunrise photos of Byron Bay most days, this sunset clip was v.popular when we shared it in November.

Bluesfest Sunset

All the great Byron festivals generate plenty of popular social posts, but the rays in this sunset image made it a little more popular than most.

Sean O'Shea encountered Migaloo the white whale off the coast of Byron Bay

Sean captures so many great images of Byron's coastal wildlife and landscapes, but his photos of Migaloo truely went viral in July and August.

Welcome to Byron Bay

Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out... always popular across social media.

Photography Byron Bay - Sera J. Wright

Sera is a local photographer that's immensely popular on social media, our followers lover it every time we share one of her images. 

Crystal clear lagoon at Wategos Beach

Saxon Kent is a young, local creative, aerial photographer who has a knack of capturing another view of Byron with his drone. Everything he posts is popular.

 

BYRON BAY SURF FESTIVAL 20-24 FEBRUARY 2019

Save the date. The 2019 Byron Bay Surf Festival is back. Kicking off Wednesday 20th February 2019 in Australia’s much-loved beach town, it’s time for some super surfing fun, chock full of sustainability, music, art, surf and culture. Wow. Say hello to annual favourites including the Surf Art Markets – now at twilight, Surf Legends Lounge, live music at the Beach Hotel and Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions at Wategos Beach. Meet this year’s epic line up of special guests including surfing World Champions, female leaders, inspiring musicians, photographers and artists. Get ready. It’s going to be fun.

We were stoked with last year’s turnout, and this year we have planned for something even better! Kicking off this year, McTavish presents a short film and photo exhibition by surfing World Champion and special guest Tom Carroll. Thursday the creative vibes continue with a National Photography Competition at McTavish Outpost. Grab a bevvy and enjoy live beats, with entrant work showcased and winners selected by Byron Bay photographers Craig Parry and Ming Nomchong.

Thursday’s line up continues with Surf Legends Lounge at Byron Bay Community Centre, hosted by Vaughan Blakey, former Editor of Surfing World Magazine. Special guests include Rasta and Mark Occhilupo, sharing their views on hot surf topics including sustainability, boards, fins, surf culture and the future of our industry.

Friday injects a little bit of female power into this year’s line up with The Women’s Panel at the Beach Hotel. Special guests include 7 x World Champion Steph Gilmore, 2 x World Champion Lisa Anderson and 2 x Longboard World Champion Kelia Moniz. Saturday, we welcome back the morning Beach Clean-Up hosted by Clean Coast Collective, Surf Art Markets and live music at the Beach Hotel. Sunday, we sign off another year with Freestyle & Stoke Surf Sessions at Wategos beach including the inaugural festival party wave, and a big Festival Wrap Up Party at the Beachy.

BBSF presents four days of the latest in alternative and creative surf culture, with a clear path towards reducing environmental impact and connecting our community through fun, educational and allinclusive surf events. The festival continues to work towards becoming a zero-waste event, with the exclusion of single-use plastics and every event monitored by Waste Free Byron. 

Founded in 2010, the annual Byron Bay Surf Festival is a non-competitive event with a focus on surf culture, highlighting creativity, innovation, environment and sustainability.

The 4-day event is a fusion of 'Surf Culture Now'. With over 8 free and ticketed events, become immersed in surf sessions, surf shaping, design, art, music, film, fashion and yoga, while having fun and caring for the environment.

 

 

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is proudly an “Ocean Friendly” event aiming to set a clear path towards reducing environmental and community impacts of surfing contests. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. For more information please visit www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au, Follow Byron Bay Surf Festival on socials or sign up to the newsletter for all updates and info. 

2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival

The annual Byron Bay Surf Festival is back. From Thursday, February 22 to Sunday, February 25, 2018, experience the best surf culture has to offer. From art, music, and film, to board shaping, fashion, and of course, surfing, get ready to celebrate the many facets of the surf lifestyle.

2018’s festival is set to be bigger and better than ever, with a whole host of brand-new events and Surf Fest favourites.

First up, the Surf Festival has been extended by one whole day. That means more opportunities to immerse yourself in surf culture, and get involved in the many free and paid-for events the festival has to offer.

Secondly, Friday will now host its own surf event. More details to come, so stay tuned.

Finally, the crowd-favourite ‘Surf Lit Lounge’ is getting an exciting makeover. Now titled the ‘Surf Legend Lounge,’ this event will kick off the festival in style. Taking place in the Byron Community Centre, the Surf Legend Lounge will give you the opportunity to mingle with some of the surfing world’s greatest icons, and soak up their inspirational insights on adventure, surfboards, arts, culture, and sustainability.

Early-birds will enjoy food and drink, plus live music. This event is a fantastic way to catch up with old friends, meet new friends, and feel inspired about the days to come.

Plus, all FEELGOOD and FREE events from the last Surf Festival will be back in action in 2018. That includes the iconic Sunset Cinema, the Art Show, the popular Surf Art Markets, Live Music, and much more.

Don’t forget to head to the beautiful Wategos beach, and get involved in the Freestyle & Stoke sessions.

For all the latest info, visit www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au.

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.

HIGHLIGHTS REEL FROM OUR LAST FESTIVAL!!!!! from Byron Bay Surf Festival on Vimeo.

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.

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