2018 BBSF Main Events Not To Miss!


2018 BBSF Epic Events…


The 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival is officially less than one week away, and we’ve still only scratched the surface of what’s happening!! Sit back, grab a coffee or beer, and let’s take a deeper look into some of this year’s evening events!

Peter Crawford Exhibition
Presented by Fallen Broken Street
Wednesday 21st Feb 6-9pm
A Spot Of Genius

(7 Marvell street, Byron Bay)

Photos by legendary Photographer & Surfer Peter Crawford. See rare and some of the most popular and iconic images from surfing’s early 70’s and 80’s period. Hosted by one of Peter’s two sons, photographer and FallenBrokenStreet founder, Justin Crawford.


Surf Legends Lounge
Presented by ELECTRIC
Thursday 22nd Feb 6:30-9pm
Byron Community Centre

Thursday night sets the bar high for the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival, kicking things off with our all new, highly anticipated event – The Surf Legends Lounge, presented by ELECTRIC. Grab a seat and prepare to drop in to an in-depth panel discussion, dissecting the minds of some of surfing’s greatest influences, including; Stephanie Gilmore, Bob McTavish, Andrew Kidman, Ellis Ericson and more to be announced… 
Our host for the evening, Surfing World Magazine’s, Vaughan Blakey will be calling the shots, bringing out our special guests one-by-one to join him on the couch and divulge the current state of the art – Where surfing’s been, is currently, and where it’s headed… All with a focus around the overall progression of riding waves and the art of board design.
Get your tickets now and prepare to take a step into the minds of 6X WSL world surfing Champion, Stephanie Gilmore | World-renowned surfboard revolutionary, Bob McTavish | Surfboard shaper, musician, and award-winning filmmaker, Andrew Kidman | and Byron Bay local surfer/shaper and all ’round new gen shredder, Ellis Ericson.


Guests Bob McTavish, Ellis Ericson, Stephanie Gilmore, Andrew Kidman, and more to be announced!

With 6 World Championship Titles Stephanie Gilmore is the master of competitions and free-surfing style guru. Image above is from a beautiful freesurfing session in Mexico, shot by Morgan Maassen, see video "Dear Sylvia, love Steph" here."You c…

With 6 World Championship Titles Stephanie Gilmore is the master of competitions and free-surfing style guru. Image above is from a beautiful freesurfing session in Mexico, shot by Morgan Maassen, see video “Dear Sylvia, love Steph” here.
“You can win a world title but you’ll never beet the ocean” says Gilmore, come and see what she has to say about board, culture and music on Thursday night! 

RVCA Art Show
Thursday 22nd Feb 5-7pm
The RVCA Store Gallery

(30 Johnson street, Byron Bay)

KUSP, presented by RVCA, is a collaboration between surfer Ari Browne, Shaper Joshua Keogh, and filmmaker JJ Stanbrook. The exhibition is a composite of finless surfboards, acrylic paintings, video, and 35mm photography. The surfboards on show are a rarity in that they move away from typical design processes and start to voluntarily move towards exploring the unknown outer precipice, or cusp, of surfboard design. The boards were all shaped by Joshua Keogh, and uniquely painted on by Ari Browne. 

You can also find a selection of the boards and art work at the BBSF Surf Art Markets on Saturday 24 Feb in the KUSP tipi, located near the shaper’s zone. 


BBSF Art Show
Friday 23rd Feb 5-7pm
Lone Goat Gallery Gallery

(28 Lawson St, Byron Bay)

Pack up the fam, and mates, for an unforgettable evening of brand new art from this year’s three featured artists – Tim Kerr (USA), Otis Carey and Ozzie Wright (or wrong).

Big thanks to Stone & Wood for providing the frothiest brews and Shelter for bringing such tasty nibbles!

Artist: Otis Carey @otishopecarey

Artist: Otis Carey @otishopecarey

Friday 23rd Feb 7-9pm
Denning Park

(Middleton st, Byron Bay)

After a traditional indigenous Welcome To Country by the local Arakwal members, live music and a serious of short films set to break your stoke-o-meters. Check out the evening’s feature films!

No Static In The Stars
The unique film created by local film maker Andrew Kidman and Spunk Records’ Aaron Curnow, No Static In The Stars, is a collection of short films and music all focused around the ocean. The film is broken up into categories including documentaries, surfing, oceanography, and art.


Documented over 18 months, Engrained is the brainchild and passion project of cinematographer Darcy Ward and surfer/ writer Brett Burcher. Artistically captured on the highest quality cinematic cameras, the 15-minute film is a visual feast tied together with an underlying narration, taking the viewer on a journey to each picturesque landscape.

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Friday 23rd Feb 4-12pm
Beach Hotel

(Middleton st, Byron Bay)

We’ll be kicking off Friday with Stone and Wood’s Happy Hour from 4pm in the Beach Hotel beer garden, DJ Rad Dan playing his favourite classics over the weekend with 60’s and 70’s garage rockabilly, alternative disco funk, 80 and 90s indie, garage, featuring some old classics like the Rolling Stones, Nick Cave, Sunny boys, Australian Crawl and more. 

REGURGITATOR & special guests MINI SKIRT will be headlining the evening, taking us on an epic punk filled adventure. 


Surf Art Markets
Sat 24th Feb 9-5pm
Denning Park

The Surf Art Markets are set to kick off at 9:00am (8am for yoga), Saturday morning, featuring a wide range of the best shapers, artists, fashion designers, environmental groups, beach clean-ups, activism workshops, live music, yummy food and bevs, and so much more!


Sonic Immersion with Kassia Meador
Saturday 24th Feb 5:30-7pm
Byron Community Centre

Ever taken a sound bath?…now’s your chance! Cosmic babe and lady wave sliding pioneer, Kassia Meador, will be performing a very special sound bath experience on Saturday night. Kassia explains, “A sound bath is an opportunity to bathe your cells and energetic bodies in healing vibrations that can help to clear and recalibrate any energetic or physical blockages you may be experiencing. It’s also extremely southing and calming to your nervous system.” 

Tickets for the Sonic Immersion are selling quickly… Be sure to get yours here !

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Kassia Meador getting sonic on land and at sea!!

Saturday Night Feature Film
Saturday 24th Feb 7:30-9pm
Byron Community Centre

The 2018 BBSF team is stoked to announce Saturday night’s feature film, Rory Kennedy’s “TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life Of Laird Hamilton” 

TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life of Laird Hamilton tracks the remarkable life and legendary career of big wave surfer and overall waterman, Laird Hamilton. Much admired by the public, though often disdained or ignored by the surf industry itself, Laird is a unique sports icon—an athlete who has refused to compete professionally yet has dominated big wave surfing as no other figure in history has ever done. For more information on the film, check out the website.

Limited tickets available! Click here to grab yours now.


Deus Sessions
Saturday 24th Feb 5:30pm
Deus Store

(17 Lawson St, Byron Bay)

Forrest Minchinton and Mark ‘Madchook’ Cormack have been busy putting the finishing touches on a super limited run of boards called the Mojave Surfboards Project

Fresh from the sands of the Californian desert, 4 of these exclusive boards will be on display at the Deus Ex Machina Market Stall at the Surf Art Markets and then available for sale at the Deus Ex Machina Byron store. 

DEUS BYRON will be hosting a DEUS SESSIONS to showcase the collaboration and celebrate the Byron Surf Festival. Come check out some behind the scene photos of the making of the Minchinton x Madchook boards, live music by Sammy Smith and free Stone & Woods. They will also be screening their latest short film ‘Painted In Dust’, a glimpse into the life of Forrest Minchinton and the incredible back-story of the Minchinton family ‘Compound’. 


Surf Happenings
Saturday 24th Feb 6-9pm
Onboard Store

(3 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay)

Surf Happenings at the Onboard Store will feature a candid Q&A with Bonzer shaping legend, Malcolm Campbell from California, the Australian premiere of the Bonzer Experience film featuring Taylor Knox WI-5, and some light refreshments.


Saturday 24th Feb 9pm
The Beach Hotel

Aussie faves, The VANNS, will be playing at The Beach Hotel Saturday night, entry is $10 at the door, get in early and dance the night away! 

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Stone & Wood will be tapping the 2018 BBSF specialty beer for happy hour at 5pm! Also, the Brookie’s Gin team will be serving up mouth watering cocktails all night long. 

Here’s a sneaky peak at a few of those tasty gin ‘n juices they’ll be shakin’ up for us:

The Kombi Cup- Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin, The Bucha of Byron Kombucha, seasonal ginger syrup, fresh mint and lemon.

Brookie’s G&T– garnished with native botanicals, premium tonic

Brookie’s South Side Spritz- dry gin, lime juice, mint, soda


Sunday 25th Feb 8-2pm
Wategos Beach

Featuring some of surfing’s best and most eccentric sliders, brand new progressive wave-riding categories and for the second consecutive year, the Byron Bay Surf Festival will host The McTavish Trim!

Eyeball some of the world’s best surfers as they exhibit surfing with style, power and skill on a variety of surf craft. 

The 2018 Freestyle & Stoke events include Logs, Finless, Wooden, Bodysurfing, 10ft+, Trimmers and the all inclusive BBSF Party Wave presented by The Byron Bay General Store!


2018 BBSF Wrap Party
Sunday 25th Feb 3-12pm
Beach Hotel

To conclude the epic weekend that was 2018 BBSF, join us for one last hoorah at The Beach Hotel starting at 3pm! Prepare to guzzle down the final drops of the BBSF Stone & Wood specialty beer, and finish with fun cocktails from Brookie’s Gin.

And let’s not forget the highly anticipated act of the evening, The BEAUTIFUL GIRLS starting at 6pm!


A Place To Sleep…

Still looking for the best beach house to stay during the festival? Visit Beach Houses of Byron who specialise in private beach house holiday rentals in Byron Bay. Byron Bay hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and they have the houses to match.

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A Couple More Rad Pads

Check out these spots before they book up! 
Unique EstatesElements of ByronByron Bay Luxury Beach Houses or 28 Degrees

If casual camping, glamping and cabin accommodation is more your style the Byron Holiday Park is the perfect spot to kick back and relax. A sneaky discount has been loaded up on their website for those wanting to “RIDETHEWAVES” during our surf festival – it’s only available if you book on their website



**For more info on event schedules, ticket sales, lineups, special guests and all things BBSF, make sure to stay tuned as we continue unloading all the details surrounding this years action via our website and social media channels (@byronbaysurffestival).**


Wanna join our incredible group of event partners?
Get involved as a sponsor
email robbie@byronbaysurffestival.com.au

Contact markets@byronbaysurffestival.com.au to be on the waiting list for Saturday’s Surf Art Markets



Byron Bay Surf Festival 22 – 25 February 2018

Big Love and Enjoy your week Surfing family!
From all of us here at BBSF!



For all the latest news on BBSF, go to our website, check out the local media publications Byron BazaarByron-Bay.com, the Echo, tune into BayFM 99.9, check the surf reports at coastalwatch.com and enjoy the finest surf news from Surfing World Magazine