Byron Surf Festival WON Award at AU Surfing Awards Night

We are super excited and very proud to announce that the Byron Bay Surf Festival WON the “Surf Culture Award” at the big Surfing Australia Awards last Thursday in Sydney.
It is very humbling to stand in front of some of Australia’s greatest Surfing athletes and surf community members including the hall of fame tonight, receiving the ‘Surf Culture Award’ for the Byron Bay Surf Festival.

The festival started as a small idea a little over 5 years ago with Vanessa Thomson, James McMillan and myself, Mike Jahn to gather surfers that are keen to share their passion and we would have never ever imagined to achieve such amazing recognition and honors.

It was set up not just to emphasize on surf art, film and music like many other festivals but to connect to the original spirit of surfing as a community…highlighting people’s passions, original crafts, creative thinking and innovations whilst steering away from competition.

We wanted to bring together the global surf community to exchange, showcase and Byron Bay, a very unique location rich in Australian surf history with the free spirit of surfing as a major focal point.
Contributions from local as well as overseas surf community members, sponsors that believe in the great value of the festival and a big team of passionate and mostly volunteering individuals all contributed to the great success and uniqueness of a truly community based surf culture festival…

We want to thank Surfing Australia and its members for recognizing the festival as a humble contributor to not just Australian Surf Culture but a global culture connecting and inspiring people to live their dreams and passions.

We also want to create a possibility tonight. The possibility for the surf industry to get together and assist the festival to sustain its existence. At this very point we are unsure if we can continue. We need significant help from the industry to keep this unique surf culture festival alive. Please get in touch if you want to contribute.

Thanks to everyone that made it possible to come this far!!!
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