For years surfers have been dubbed as a useless mob of undereducated, pot-smoking beach bums. The surfing community, however, have actually raised some of the most creative, literate and philosophical minds in the world.
Main Beach, Apex Park, Byron Bay
DATE & TIME
Saturday 25th Oct, 10 am – 5:30 pm
|We will be celebrating the literary and media surf clique with an unique Surf Literature (SurfLit) tipi lounge space, smack in the middle of festival site at the Surf Art Market. Host to an array of surf culture legend presentations, readings of all ocean related kind and relaxed launches to indulge.
The SurfLit tipi lounge brought to you by New Philosopher Magazine and Mary Ryan’s Bookstore Byron will provide a perfect chill space in amidst a picnic area of blankets and lounges where you are welcome to come pick off the library book shelf, sit back, relax, read, listen and ponder.
Find a handful of oceanic media, surf stories and publications such as Surfing World, Foam Symmetry, Pacific Longboarder, White Horses, Kurungabaa Journal of the Sea, The New Philosopher Magazine, PaperSea, as well as novels and oceanic novelties.
(please consider times may be amended)
10:00 am | Book Launch: ‘Bali: Heaven and Hell’ with Phil Jarratt
Presenter: Phil Jarratt
Phil Jarratt launches his brand new book ‘Bali, Heaven and Hell’, detailing the mythology and spirituality of Bali as well as the island’s tumultuous and often violent past. For the love of Bali, surfing or simply a compelling read, this session will tell some of the many thrilling tales of the place we know as ‘Australia’s Hawaii’.
10:45 am | ‘The Surf Photographers Panel; Pictures to Prove It’
Presenter: Ming Nomcheng
Panelists: Russell Ord, Bradford Schmidt (US GoPro) and Ted Grambeau
Trends, technique and the art of surf photography. While some of the worlds best surf photographers struggle to pay their bills, others have found creative means new technologies to shoot their dream. Photographers can be of the most unsung heroes in surfing, but it is them who generate such visions of splendor, fear and triumph. This panel discusses the ins and outs of surf photography, lens content and how to make it work.
11:30 am | ‘Legends of Memory – Tom & Nick Carroll‘
Presenter: Taylor Miller
Panelists: Tom Carroll and Nick Carroll
This extensive interview with one of Australia’s great legends and former world champion Tom Carroll and brother journalist Nick Carroll talks about life and memory. After a lifelong surfing career, severe drug addictions and a distant brotherly relationship, TC is a project that has both bonded the Carroll brothers and unearthed a lifetime of colorful stories and discovery.
12:15 am | ‘Everyone can surf; Surfing with a disability’
Presenter: Rusty Miller
Panelist: Pascale Honore & Ty Swan
‘Duct Tape Surfer’ Pascale Honore has broken many boundaries when it comes to surfing and proves what is possible with willpower and trust in good friendships with her surfing partner in crime Ty Swan. Former US champion and Byron Bay’s first surf coach insists that the real champions are those who ‘surf through life’ … something that everyone can master because after all the best surfer out there is he/or she having the most fun!
1:00 pm | ‘Dollars, Pride and the DIY of Self Publishing’
Presenter: Tim Baker
Panelists: Owen Ravenscroft, Hanabeth Luke, Rusty Miller & Trish Shantz
Once, self-publishing was considered strictly a vanity exercise. Now it’s a legitimate way to bring your book into the world without needing to deal with a mainstream publisher.
The authors of three very different and very important surfing books share their stories of finding their way through the self-publishing maze. Hanabeth Luke’s moving memoir Shock Waves, Owen Ravenscroft’s acclaimed debut surfing novel Sink or Swim, and Rusty Miller and Tricia Shantz’s evocative photo books, The Turning Points 1 and 2, are inspiring examples of independent surf publications that have found wide audiences and rapturous reviews. Author Tim Baker, who’s never self-published anything, wants to know how they did it.
1:45 pm | ‘Sustainable, Ethical Surf Companies; a passionate recipe for success’
Presenter: Glen Casey (Patagonia)
Panelists: John Elliot (Toms), Tim Cochran (Banks), Bede Carmine (Smile) and Jeff Kelly (Sanuk)
What are some of the mechanics behind a genuine ethical company? Smooth sailing or a hard road to travel? These experts from some of surfing’s leading ‘good’ brands tell tales and explain how to keep your morals on track, especially at times of adversity.
2:30 pm | ‘The Editors Panel; Print, Online Media and Creative Inspiration’
Presenter: Dave Rastovich
Panelists: John Brasen of Pacific Longboarder Magazine, Anthea Paul Photographer/Photo Editor and Bestselling author of Girlosophy Series and Vaughn Blakey of Surfing World.
Lets get to the guts of the surf media world. What goes in and what gets axed? How does creativity mesh with deadline? Editors from some of Australia’s premiere surfing publications get together and discuss ideas, themes and antics of the magazine world.
3:15 pm | ‘Surf Safety and the Romance of Byron Bay’
Presenter: Byron Mayor Simon Richardson
Panelist: Max Pendergast and Dave Rastovich
Simon Richardson is the mayor of the Byron Shire and truly has his heart in the right place when it comes to local issues, environmental causes and the soulful keeping of our precious shire. This interview is a long-time-coming where Simon will speak with the Bay’s oldest living active surfer Max Pendergast and prof. freesurfer, creative mind, enviro activist Dave Rastovich. Max is extremely passionate about the Bay, especially when it comes to surf safety and he is on a mission to educate our youth about it. This unique session will be thought provoking and interesting for those who would like to know some beach history of our ol’ bay as well as the issues we face.
4:00 pm | ‘Studies in Coastal Philosophy, Surfing’s Soul and Cosmic Concepts’
Presenter: Kim Satchell, Southern Cross University
Kim Satchell talks about the symbols and deep culture of surfing, including history, design and evolution. He suggests that soul-surfing and the ethos of country-soul, is not something historically dated or romanticised, but as something necessary and timely in the 21stcentury. Kim comes from the world of surf-academia, who love penning on about the ocean’s mysteries. This will be a fun and quirky session to tune into.
4:45 pm | ‘The Shapers Mind; Surfing, Surfboard design and Innovation’
Presenter: Nat Young
Panelists: Gary McNeil, Guy Walker, Tom Wegener and Nobby (JPN).
Despite the recent retro movement, a large majority of the general surfing public still ride standard equipment. Compared with a brief period 1970s, when design was radically changing and quirky experimentations rife, we modern surfers are a conservative lot don’t you think? Is this changing or does new surfboard design exist only within small circles?
These four leading edge shapers offer us an insight into what is going on in the world of surfboard design, basic design principles that can and cannot be broken and what the market demands. Legend surfer Nat Young, who’s seen it all, digs out what’s going on in these shapers minds and in the corners of the world from which they come. This session is a great opportunity to learn about design history/future, what makes a surfboard slide, and the soul inside the ride.
Please make sure to double check the exact times and schedule on the day at the SurfLit Lounge tipi or BBSF info tipi.