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ABOUT BBSF


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ABOUT BBSF


ABOUT

MISSION

Present and maintain the culture of surfing, as an expression, art and lifestyle. Ensure that the festival reflects the values and creative culture of the Byron Bay region and community. 


PURPOSE

Create a platform that brings together both surfers and those interested in surfing in a celebration of local, national and international surf culture. To showcase, educate and support the surf culture that we love and live, to grow and evolve, an ultimately, to move towards a more sustainable and regenerative industry and lifestyle... and have a good time doing it! 


ABOUT

Founded in 2010 the Annual Byron Bay Surf Festival is a non-competitive event focusing on surf culture - highlighting creativity, innovation, environment and sustainability.

The 3 day event is a fusion of 'Surf Culture Now', featuring approximately 20 different free and ticketed events including; surf sessions, surfboards, art, shaping, design, music, film, yoga, environment, markets, fashion, presentations, demo's, literature, history, food, and on the Sunday don't miss the famous Freestyle&Stoke surf sessions and the Hunters&Collectors show and demo day along the pristine foreshores of the dreamy Wategos Beach.  read more

TEAM


TEAM


TEAM

James McMillan Founder, director + creative bloke Over a decade living in Byron James McMillan is a lifetime surfer, established Australian artist and author of best selling book Blue Yonder. As a founder of the Byron Bay Surf Festival in 2010, and also the creative director, you can see James’ hand on most things from logo’s and branding to events content and the overall aesthetic and direction of the Festival.

James McMillan

Founder, director + creative bloke

Over a decade living in Byron James McMillan is a lifetime surfer, established Australian artist and author of best selling book Blue Yonder.

As a founder of the Byron Bay Surf Festival in 2010, and also the creative director, you can see James’ hand on most things from logo’s and branding to events content and the overall aesthetic and direction of the Festival.

Max Tischler Director, music + environment guy Max became Co-Director of the festival after joining the team in April 2016. He is an ecologist with degrees in Marine Science (BSc) and Desert Ecology (PhD), and has been working both nationally and internationally as a Tour Manager in the music industry for the past 15 years- with considerable experience in applied environmental and sustainability initiatives.

Max Tischler

Director, music + environment guy

Max became Co-Director of the festival after joining the team in April 2016. He is an ecologist with degrees in Marine Science (BSc) and Desert Ecology (PhD), and has been working both nationally and internationally as a Tour Manager in the music industry for the past 15 years- with considerable experience in applied environmental and sustainability initiatives.

Caitlin Weatherstone Markets + admin wizardess Caitlin was born and raised on the North Coast of NSW and is a lover of all things ocean. She went on to become a Wildlife Ecologist in QLD and travel around before returning back to NSW for some much needed Byron vibes. From surfing, exploring and eating her way around Byron Bay as a kid. She now organise beach clean ups, ocean conservation events, nature tours and nature based workshops. Caitlin first came on board with BBSF in 2014 as the Volunteer Coordinator and is stoked to be back for the 2017 festival as marketing coordinator and couple of other hats!

Caitlin Weatherstone

Markets + admin wizardess

Caitlin was born and raised on the North Coast of NSW and is a lover of all things ocean. She went on to become a Wildlife Ecologist in QLD and travel around before returning back to NSW for some much needed Byron vibes. From surfing, exploring and eating her way around Byron Bay as a kid. She now organise beach clean ups, ocean conservation events, nature tours and nature based workshops. Caitlin first came on board with BBSF in 2014 as the Volunteer Coordinator and is stoked to be back for the 2017 festival as marketing coordinator and couple of other hats!

Esme Ferretti Stylist to the stars and director organiser-er. Esme discovered her ability to be an organiser super star as a side effect of working on film sets in New York, producing photoshoots, going through startup bootcamp and scoring jobs with different entrepreneurs and the New Zealand government, which combined with her background in Design and Fashion she's been able to build a successful career being "that person who understands both". This curious self taught jack of all trades finds herself nowadays enjoying the waves and rainbows of Byron Bay.

Esme Ferretti

Stylist to the stars and director organiser-er.

Esme discovered her ability to be an organiser super star as a side effect of working on film sets in New York, producing photoshoots, going through startup bootcamp and scoring jobs with different entrepreneurs and the New Zealand government, which combined with her background in Design and Fashion she's been able to build a successful career being "that person who understands both". This curious self taught jack of all trades finds herself nowadays enjoying the waves and rainbows of Byron Bay.

 
Bec Jerdan Website wizard & Social Media strategist Bec is a social media strategist and coach who loves to work with creative people to build their brand online.  She has a degree in marketing and created her business The Art of Social to help craft dreams into realities.  She's one of those yes people that just makes stuff happen and is excited to come on board to help launch the BBSF website and social media.

Bec Jerdan

Website wizard & Social Media strategist

Bec is a social media strategist and coach who loves to work with creative people to build their brand online.  She has a degree in marketing and created her business The Art of Social to help craft dreams into realities.  She's one of those yes people that just makes stuff happen and is excited to come on board to help launch the BBSF website and social media.

Dana Michell Media superstar & ultra-traveller producer Dana has a passion for communication and getting things done. She works on both sides of the media fence – mostly you can find her producing TV and Digital content but then she’ll switch to being a publicist to help brands promote their voices. With a degree in media communications and a passion for wanderlust, Dana just spent a decade working all over the world before choosing the Byron Shire as the place she wanted her & her family to call home

Dana Michell

Media superstar & ultra-traveller producer

Dana has a passion for communication and getting things done. She works on both sides of the media fence – mostly you can find her producing TV and Digital content but then she’ll switch to being a publicist to help brands promote their voices. With a degree in media communications and a passion for wanderlust, Dana just spent a decade working all over the world before choosing the Byron Shire as the place she wanted her & her family to call home

Jasmin Morrissey Awesome social media girl Born and raised in the Northern Rivers, Jasmin has grown to love all the beauty of this region and what its community has to offer. Currently juggling a Design and Marketing degree at university and helping on local events in the areas of Social Media and Production, she is a go getter who loves keeping busy and doing work that really matters. She loves to capture the world around her and share it in a way which aligns with her dreamy, positive attitude.

Jasmin Morrissey

Awesome social media girl

Born and raised in the Northern Rivers, Jasmin has grown to love all the beauty of this region and what its community has to offer. Currently juggling a Design and Marketing degree at university and helping on local events in the areas of Social Media and Production, she is a go getter who loves keeping busy and doing work that really matters. She loves to capture the world around her and share it in a way which aligns with her dreamy, positive attitude.

Stephanie Brodeur Events superhero Ocean lover, event manager, french Canadian spoiled to call Byron her home. Stephanie worked in advertising, events and client services for the last 10 years and she's determined create magical events with soul and purpose. Long term goal; dancing on waves and contributing to making the world a better place.

Stephanie Brodeur

Events superhero

Ocean lover, event manager, french Canadian spoiled to call Byron her home. Stephanie worked in advertising, events and client services for the last 10 years and she's determined create magical events with soul and purpose. Long term goal; dancing on waves and contributing to making the world a better place.

 
Tara Folton & Paloma Rodriguez from Yatra Yoga Yoga mammaramas Tara Folton and Paloma Rodiguez envision creating a fun and safe space for self-inquiry, personal transformation, and spiritual growth by offering their own experience through the sacred teachings of Yoga. Yatra is sanskrit for "spiritual or sacred journey," and our intention is to serve as guides and unconditional supporters to those who are on the path of self-discovery through Yoga.

Tara Folton & Paloma Rodriguez from Yatra Yoga

Yoga mammaramas

Tara Folton and Paloma Rodiguez envision creating a fun and safe space for self-inquiry, personal transformation, and spiritual growth by offering their own experience through the sacred teachings of Yoga. Yatra is sanskrit for "spiritual or sacred journey," and our intention is to serve as guides and unconditional supporters to those who are on the path of self-discovery through Yoga.

Taylor Miller Surf Lit lounger Taylor Miller, a born and bred Bay local, has been managing the BBSF Surf Lit Lounge since 2012 as a vehicle and location to voice writers and creators in the surfing community. With an arts degree from Sydney University and continuing health science student, Taylor is passionate about education, the ocean and global cultures.

Taylor Miller

Surf Lit lounger

Taylor Miller, a born and bred Bay local, has been managing the BBSF Surf Lit Lounge since 2012 as a vehicle and location to voice writers and creators in the surfing community. With an arts degree from Sydney University and continuing health science student, Taylor is passionate about education, the ocean and global cultures.