what a week that was!! Cyclone Oma delivered what only a cyclone can …pumping waves & wild conditions!!
The 2019 Byron Bay Surf Festival was a festival to remember. Offering five epic days of world class waves thanks to Cyclone Oma, cranking live tunes, inspirational films, world class art exhibition, enviro chats and Q&A panels with a few of surfing’s most influential competitors & characters. Despite extreme weather we managed to run 14 of the planned 16 events and the dedicated and happy crowd that packed out the local venues were stoked on the annual celebration of surf culture, and a real chance to hear from and meet some of Surfings true Legends!
BBSF 2019 Photo comp. Winners were: GROMS Abbi Hart HOBBY Tim Cornish PRO Mark Morgan: @filmbyabbi @timcornice @mxmsurfphotoSurf Legends Lounge with Taylor Steele, Occy and Dick Hoole was interactive with iconic film clips, Q&A’s, stories and plenty of laughs.Women, Beyond the Curl with the World Champs featuring Lisa Andersen, Kelia Moniz, Vahine Fierro, photographer Cait Miers and nicely hosted by Liv Phyland.The BBSF 2019 group artshow had a huge turnout at the Lone Goat Gallery and all of the artists were on hand to chat about it all and share the stoke.The GoPro Sunset Cinema at The Beach Hotel was an amazing turnout with a packed room of all ages and plenty of pizza & bevs going down whilst watching the screening of GoPro’s amazing film, ‘Mentawai’ featuring Capt Martin Daly discovering paradise, & filmed entirely with GoPro’s genius cameras.Saturday live talks were held from the Surf Club with chats by Small Giants’ Dan Fitzgerald, BBSF’s community partner Waves 4 Water, 1% for the Planet and Atmosea. Chats about conscious investment, W4W’s OZ Program, female empowerment and self-love. The perfect wet weather activity, films were held at the Community Centre, including Beyond Litmus, Momentum Generation and Overcoming, a live stories event, were all well received. At night PLTS and Sunrose rocked out at The Beach Hotel, groovy and loud the night’s excitement could not be tarnished by wild weather!
Sunday Funday it was all about surfing! …and the huge BBSF wrap party…post surf everyone headed to the Beach Hotel to wash off an awesome five days. Stone & Wood’s cold beers flowed, as Seaside, The Vann