Boy oh boy… have we got a treat in store for you. This year’s Surf Art Market presented by SurfStitch is bigger and better than ever and we can’t wait to see the Byron foreshore come alive on Saturday Feb 25! We’ve curated and collected over 160 amazing artists, shapers, clothing brands, accessories, food vendors & not for profits for you to peruse, shop and enjoy during this amazing community event. To make things a little easier on your end, we’ve created a shopper’s guide to the Surf Art Market featuring just a few stalls of the incredible lineup coming. So grab a cuppa, relax, and get prepared for a whole ‘lotta goodness.
Are you thinking of buying a new surfboard? Good news!
We have 20 international and locally acclaimed shapers coming to the markets to showcase all their great work.
For those who like a natural board, you can head to the Woodshed where we have 4 timber surfboard shapers including Wooden Anchor and Nobby all the way from Japan. These guys plus many other super talented shapers will be working from 9am-4:30pm in Denning Park so be sure to check it out!
We also have plenty of other shapers scattered throughout the markets, honourable mentions go to:
Local legends Dead Kooks, Bryan Bates, McTavish, Joel Fitzgerald, Matty Yeates, Hannah Magnall and Simon Jones from Morning of the Earth surfboards.
Thomas Surf Boards will also be attending and have teamed up withCaptain Sip Sop’s Barber Shop where you can give those salty locks a bit of much needed loving.
Images; @deadkooks, @joelfitz_boards w/ art by @ozzywrong
If you are looking for board and beach accessories:
Smart Leash Co:
Reusable leashes which are interchangeable with parts of any other major brands. These guys will help reuse the working parts of your broken leash to ensure your product a long life. This means to will save money and there will be less landfill produced in the process, woo! Their products are proudly packaged in Northern NSW and provide local jobs as well as investing in the local community. Smart Leash Co are also in our 1% for the Planet family.
Boat Channel Boardracks:
Specialising in custom hand-made storage solutions for surfboards, skateboards, fishing rods, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, or any other difficult to store item. Whether it’s for necessity in the garage or for the living space in your home, they can provide a custom solution to help you get organised.
They are running a competition until the end of the festival where you could get $100 off your custom made rack!
To enter: Simply create a post on instagram which shows/describes why you need a boardrack, tagging @boatchannelboardracks and @byronbaysurffestival and including the hashtag #boardrackneeded . At the end of the festival they will regram the winner’s photo to announce the win. Criteria for judging the post will be creativity, absolute need of a rack, and number of shares/likes – so be sure that your post is seen by as many people as possible!
Their fins are foiled by hand from fibreglass panels made the old fashioned way in a humble little factory on the North Coast of New South Wales. They are all hand finished and individually stamped, are made using the highest quality materials and feature vibrant Hawaiian tints and pigments. These fins will absolutely rock it in the water!
Bees Knees Surf Wax:
This surf wax is hand made in Australia from 100% natural ingredients. So pure you could almost eat it!
A celebration of the grace and vitality of female surfing, as a pass time, a culture and an expression of self with a special love for quality, design and functionality. Their products came from the idea of a unique collection of wetsuits that would be ideal for the female shape and form.
Sun & Earth Zinc:
They live a sustainable lifestyle with a focus on care for the earth, ocean, others and self. With these values in mind they hand make natural zinc from wholesome ingredients, ethically sourced rom local farmers and certified organic, fair trade sources.
Sunday Supply Co:
The result of a lifetime spent chasing sunny days — an exclusive selection of boutique beach essentials & umbrellas designed for an endless summer. Conceived by the sea, residing in the sun, these unique pieces are designed to accompany every trip to the beach and create beautiful shade. They know how to do bold patterns to make your brolli stand out on the beach!
Images; c’wise from top left, @smartleashco, Celia Galpin/@atmosea, @sundaysupply.co, @alkalifins
For all the fashionistas who love buying second hand or ethical clothing:
Choose to shop consciously and individually. These guys supply 60’s & 70’s gems, 80’s get ups, 90’s unique, leather treasures, one-off vintage pieces, handmade accessories, home sewn and altered garments and more. They are all about consumer power and acting sustainably as a business, and hopefully inspiring others to do the same.
They combine rad vintage threads with emerging designers and recycled designer labels … It’s basically an epic conglomerate of a wardrobe. Local, independent and conscious, what more could you want?
Saltys Short Supply is a boutique surf brand based in Byron Bay who produce small runs of quality clothing with an accent on boardshorts and beach attire. All their garments are constructed with strength, durability and functionality, and then spiked with colour and a splash of humour for good measure. What’s better, all their tee shirts are hand printed by Salty himself in his shed in Byron Bay, go Salty!
An epic mix of surfing, yoga and bright, funky colours. The result is an electric women’s active wear range that stands to radiate happiness, positivity and a pure and powerful outlook on life. Their yoga and surf activewear seeks to promote the true internal happiness that comes from a healthy mind, outdoor lifestyle and an active way of life.
We Are Mamba:
A design house dedicated to styling, curation and spitting out golden vintage. Conscious about the detrimental effects of the fast fashion industry, these sisters will ignite your love for vintage with their lovingly curated, stylish pieces.
Images; c’wise from top left, @secondloves_byron, @saltysbyronbay, @wearemamba, @solsoya
If you’re all about locally made, super cool accessories:
Bahgsu Jewel’s aesthetic is deeply entwined with a respect for wild, natural forces and the products of those processes. Every piece has a narrative that begins with how mother earth formed it, where it was mined, who cut its shape, why it was found and finally how it transformed into a Bahgsu jewel. As creators they strive to keep the business conscious and environmentally friendly, prioritising the ethical sourcing of all materials. All Bahgsu Jewels are hand carved and crafted.
Topheads Eyewear is an all Australian made and owned Eyewear Company from the shores of Sydney’s world famous Bondi Beach. Topheads seeks out to use contemporary, eco friendly materials (including wood, bamboo, bioplastic & recycled skateboard decks) and incorporates retro designs – to create a unique line of shades.
Formed from a salty nomadic lifestyle, Celeste Twikler designs & gathers exotic treasures from distant regions, giving you access to a lifestyle of bohemian opulence. Celeste Twikler is one of a kind. She is a jewellery, clothing and homewares designer as well as Illustrator and painter with a talent for capturing the beauty of the fleeting moment. Celeste Twikler is a brand that showcases her designs and a collection of products found in her travels that inspire her and a lifestyle.
Images; @bahgshujewels, @celestetwikler
If you’re looking for some new swimwear:
U&I is a women’s indie Ocean Activewear label born out of Torquay, dreamt in between sets while surfing at Bells Beach. Every stitch is inspired by the power of the ocean and designed to complement the grace of female ocean dwellers, filling the gap in the female surf wear market – stylish and simple active wear for water women.
Sunlovers & Co:
Sunlovers & Co. is a small but very unique swimwear label based in the sunshine state of Queensland, Australia. Their stuff is designed, drafted, cut, sewn and sent out all under the same roof, allowing for high quality, adorable products at an affordable price! Double win.
Body Of Water:
They have re-created fabrics from long ago into top quality UV resistant lycra. The cool 60’s and 70’s patterned shirts have UVA 50+ and are chlorine resistant Italian lycra to ensure a longer lasting garment. Even better, 5% of all sales will be used to help a lovely family in Sri-Lanka still building up their business after the devastating 2004 Tsunami that tore through their coast line.
Images; @uandilabel/@ontheroadwithmelody, @bodyofwaterapparel
For those creative souls:
Ania Caffarena is an Italian world wanderer, who began her life in Asia and has adventured The Americas and Europe making and creating art where ever she goes. With no fixed address, she makes her sculptures with whatever materials she can find on the road. Ania is a young explorer with her sights firmly set on a life full of fun times, creativity and endless summers.
Inspired by clean, minimalist designs and an industrial aesthetic, these guys love to experiment with printing onto different materials, particularly prints on stone. They use natural and reclaimed materials where possible to maintain a low carbon footprint.
Images; @aniacafferena, @imogen_stone
For those who want to give back and make a difference:
Project For Purpose:
They are providing a water dispensing station at the market and all donations (gold coin to fill up your bottle) will go towards purchasing clean water filters for third world countries. Everyone get hydrated!
They are a not for profit surf community using salt water therapy to raise awareness for mental health. Every Friday, they dress up in the brightest outfits possible and surf/swim/do yoga to make people smile and get them asking important questions about mental health. Join them at Friday 24 of Feb at 7am, Main Beach for a fluro surfing session!
Plastic Free Byron:
These guys are aiming to phase out single-use plastic in the Byron Shire by helping the community make the switch to sustainable alternatives. They are making sure our Surf Art Market is a single-use plastic free event and we are pretty stoked about it!
Images; @onewaveisallittakes, @plasticfreebyron
For the kiddies:
The Uncle Project:
Uncle in Byron Bay supports one-on-one mentoring relationships and has men called ‘uncles’ who attend activities and give their time to interact, work, learn and play with boys aged 6 to 12 years old. At the market they are having a mechanical surfboard to raise money for their organisation so make sure you check these guys out!
Future Dreamers Girls Club is a vibrant not-for-profit collective who facilitate workshops, events & unique experiences for teen girls and young women. They inspire them to be confident, creative & active members of our community and planet, which we just adore. They will be providing workshops and fun things to do all day!
Images; @uncleproject, @future_dreamers
And if you’re hungry….
We have 21 food stalls providing the tastiest food from the region. Here are just a couple:
They know how to make a serious treat and are passionate about raw, organic healthy food. Their food looks delicious and tastes even better, this is one not to be missed.
They use a state of the art hydraulic cold press juicer to produce fresh, raw juices that are of the highest quality. Their first and foremost mission is to provide premium organic cold pressed juice to enhance people’s health and wellbeing, and do this by distributing their product all around the Brisbane/Byron region.
Marvell Street Coffee:
Hand crafted, hand packed, uniquely selected coffee, roasted with love, sold, served and delivered to you from here in Byron Bay.
Taste Byron Bay:
These guys provide food tours showcasing the finest delicacies of the Northern Rivers. They also have cooking classes, and we are lucky to be providing one in the Yoga Yurt at 11am. So come down to learn how to make some delicious grub!
Knox and Aya:
They simply make uncompromisingly indulgent deserts using real whole food ingredients, the only thing we refine is the flavour. They use minimal impact packaging, locally sourced ingredients using organic or sustainable farming techniques & they are plant based… we are drooling!
Nourishing, beautiful, healthy. They serve their stuff organic food and elixirs out of a restored 1972 Kombi Van… pretty cool!
Images; c’wise from top left, @wearecombi, @solcleanse, @thegrassybowl, @knoxandaya
While we can’t list all our amazing stallholders here, there will be a full site map available soon where you can view them all… stay tuned!