You certainly don't have to be a surfer to enjoy the annual Byron Bay Surf Festival. The long weekend event is a colourful celebration of all things sunny and beachy. After a morning learning to surf, you might find yourself buying hand made clothing at the Tipi village markets or joining a surf board making workshop. From surf yoga to the local busking competition, there will be something to keep everyone entertained throughout the beach side town of Byron Bay.
Opening Ceremony and Free Film, Apex Park, Main Beach,
6pm - 9pm, Friday, October 25th, 2013:
Elders from several oceanic nations will open the event, with a special blessing at the Peace Pole area, followed by the premier screening of the film, Bella Vita, a surfing pilgrimage through Italy. The film will be shown outdoors, so bring your blankets and listen to the sound of the waves while you travel to Italy on screen.
This event will be a highlight of the Byron Bay Surf Festival, with twenty Indian style tipis and bamboo yurts set up to create these somewhat eccentric markets. Apart from meeting many local artisans and viewing the open air photography exhibition, there will be a Surflit Lounge cafe set up in a retro tipi, so you can really relax and take in the surf culture vibe. Throughout the day, talented acoustic musicians will be performing, and there are many interesting workshops scheduled, such as recycled skate board hand planing.
Corona Party Wave Invitational, Watego's Beach, 9am - 2pm, Sunday, October 27th, 2013:
One thousand dollars is up for grabs for the one who stays on the wave - this sounds like nail biting fun, with many invited pro-surfers and free stylers battling it out for the prize money. Other competitive events being held on Sunday at Watego's Beach will be Freestyle and Stoke, and Torpedo People, followed by the popular Tandem Surfing Exhibition (3pm - 4pm). If you're still keen to continue the surf related fun, join the festival closing ceremony and after party at The Byron Bay Beach Hotel.
The whole weekend will be an exciting time to visit Byron Bay and enjoy this natural wonder so close to Brisbane, so why not grab your board and head for Northern New South Wales?