We are down to the final days before the festival starts, and to give you all the last minute info you need we’ve put together a jam-packed newsletter filled with heaps of hidden gems that are happening throughout the weekend. Enjoy!



Coinciding with the 2017 Byron Bay Surf Festival, sponsor of this years ”Woodshed Zone’, Wooden Anchor is proud to launch WOOD SURF Co, a dynamic collaboration between Andy Ceglinski, Joel Fitzgerald and Dana Watson, creating unique and beautiful wooden surfboards and also the opportunity to experience building your own board.

To celebrate the launch of the new project, Wood Surf Co. are providing a $3000 prize package that will be raffled at the festival, starting on Friday Feb 24 at the Sunset Cinema. 1st prize is a “one on one” personalised wooden surfboard building workshop and 2nd prize is a hand crafted Alaia surfboard ready to ride.

Workshop Prize Info:

The workshop delivery is flexible and includes your choice from their Joel Fitzgerald designed surfboard range, 4 days tutorial and work shop time with Andy Ceglinski, Joel Fitzgerald and Dana Watson. You will get farm fresh lunch and refreshments daily, and have the opportunity to start each day at the beach sharing waves, stories and even some yoga. The 5th day is optional, but recommended, as that is the day you can surf your freshly made board with the gang!
If you’re the lucky winner, you will have to arrange your own transport and accommodation as well as providing your own meals other than lunch and daily refreshments.  

Don’t miss out on your chance to win these epic prizes from

WOODEN ANCHOR – Video by Taylor Van Essen


All the proceeds of our major raffle are being donated to the Byron Youth Services YAC. Tickets will be available from our wonderful vollies at the Surf Art Markets on Saturday, so please be generous and you could get lucky!

1st PRIZE: Total Value $2,000

Tom Wegener Paipo Surfboard

 Boat Channel Boardrack

 $200 SurfStitch Voucher

 Patagonia T-Shirt

 Sunlovers & Co Bikini

 Grown Sunglasses

Salt Gypsy Surf Leggings

Salt Gypsy Turtleneck Rashguard

Smart Leash Co Pack
 Bahgsu Jewels Pack

Byron Bay Longboards Pack

Patagonia books entitled:

“The Responsible Company” 

“Tools for Grassroots Activists”

2nd PRIZE: Total Value $1,500

Imogen Stone Art Piece (image by Ming Nomchong)
 $200 SurfStitch Voucher
Mahina Mermaid MerFin
Salt Gypsy Surf Leggings
 Sunlovers & Co Bikini
 Grown Sunglasses
Smart Leash Co Pack
 Bahgsu Jewels Pack
Patagonia books entitled:
“The Responsible Company” 
“Tools for Grassroots Activists”

3rd PRIZE: Total Value $1,000

Boat Channel Boardrack
 $200 SurfStitch Voucher
 Mahina Mermaid MerFin
Heyy Dream Swim Swimsuit
Grown Sunglasses
Smart Leash Co Pack
Bahgsu Jewels Pack
Salt Gypsy Wet Bag
Patagonia books entitled:
“The Responsible Company” 
“Tools for Grassroots Activists”

Top image- Major item in 1st prize: Tom Wegener Board, Bottom left- Major item in 2nd prize: Imogen Stone Art, Bottom right- Major item in 3rd prize: Boat Channel Boardrack


You’ve probably heard all about our main events happening on Saturday at the Surf Art Markets, but here are some hidden gems that we know you’re going to love too:


Interact with ethical businesses and not-for-profits, short films & presentations with surfers, activists and inspiring humans.
From 9.30am – 2pm Denning Park.

9:30 – 10:00am:         One Wave’s Founder Grant Trebilco
10:00 – 10:30am:       Take 3’s Founder Tim Silverwood
10:30 – 11:30am:        Patagonia Freediver Kimi Werner
11:30 – 12pm:             Patagonia Surfer Belinda Baggs
12:00 – 1:00pm:         The Seabin Project Ambassador Sascha Chapman
1:00 – 1:30pm:           Ocean Zen Bikini’s Founder Steph Gabriel
1:30 – 2:00pm:           1% For The Planet & 5 Ocean’s Luise Grossman

YOGA YURT – Brought to you by SUGA YOGA
Take some time out during the day to rest, relax and rejuvenate.
From 10am – 4.30pm Denning Park.

Suga Yoga make premium yoga mats made from recycled wetsuits that are inspired by the California lifestyle, how cool is that?! Suga and Sustainable Surf are working together to recycle wetsuits via the not-for-profit’s ‘Waste to Waves’ recycling program. Attendees can hear more about that and Sustainable Surfs other rad waste upcycling partnerships at the Sustainable Surf Tipi in our Tipi Forest. So bring your tired, weary and wounded wetsuits to the markets to give them a new life!

10:00 – 10:50am:  Yoga with Paloma & Tara YATRA YOGA
11:00 – 11:50am:  Elisha Yarrington THE CONSCIOUS CREATIVE
12:00 – 12:50pm: Yoga Philosophy with Paloma & Tara YATRA YOGA1:00 – 1:50pm:     AcroYoga with Paloma & Tara YATRA YOGA
2:00 – 4:00pm:     
Indigo Dye Workshop VICTORIA LARNACH

YATRA YOGA’S AcroYoga elevates the connection between you and others through movement, connection, and play. It blends three main     elements:

  • Solar Acrobatic Practices cultivate trust, empowerment and joy

  • Lunar Therapeutic Practices  that cultivate listening, compassion and letting go

  • Yogic Practices that cultivate breath awareness, life balance and connection

    VICTORIA LARNACH’S Indigo Dye workshop will involve attendees creating indigo dyed pieces using a natural fructose sugar vat. They will discuss a brief history and lineage of this plant learn basic shibori techniques, and apply this to design their own indigo pieces. Participants will learn how to use the indigo vat to achieve different shades of blue, and will leave with their own finished piece.


Photos from @suga.yoga & @roccorose

10-2pm – Workshop: Wooden fin making with Nobby from Japan

Nobby will prepare fin blanks that have bevel cuts and planning lines as the image to which the participants will blend all the bevels to make smooth foil within the 3 hours. Attendee’s will then use many finishing coats to give more strength and brightness to their newly made fins!


10-4pm – ECOBOARD Glassing Experience 

Join Sustainable Surf and Treehouse Shapes – glassing boards in a host of more sustainable materials.


11am-12pm – Workshop: Hat making shenanigans with Fallen Broken Street

Designed in the busy little beach town of byron bay, Australia, These hats are inspired from our past, present and future visions. The beauty of a fallenbrokenstreet hat is its dedication to comfort, quality and style that draws in people from all walks of life.


Photos- Top; @nobuhitonobbyohkawa, Bottom left; @sustainsurf, Bottom right; @fallenbrokenstreet

11:00am – 2:00pm: Mick Waters’ Oz Adventure Slide Show
FREE family event at the Byron Bay Community Centre’s Byron Theatre, Jonson Street.

Read all about Mick’s adventures, his family, and what you can expect from this free event.


A little interview with Mick…

Title: Little House on Wheels

What is your presentation all about? A family of five travelling in a 1985 viscount aerolite caravan on a 3 year trip around Australia. I guess if you’re interested in what’s around the corner and have a desire for travel then this might float your boat?! Come listen to some yarns and gain a small insight into the adventures, surf, mishaps, logistics, personalities, landscapes and possibilities of a family trip around the block.

Who is in it with you? My wife, our three children and myself. Plus some people and places from around Australia.

How would you describe the trip you took? Organised chaos. Never work with animals or children and never do it in a small caravan.

How would you describe your family members? Resourceful, honest, loyal, funny, mad, adventurous and after a few days without a shower… Smelly!

Where did you go? Everywhere except Queensland. You can blame that on the State of Origin.

Who should come see this presentation? Anyone who likes to travel on the cheap or perhaps, people who want to get out and see some of the stuff they don’t put in the brochures.

What do you hope attendees take away from it? Inspiration mainly. Plus, i hope they leave informed and see what is possible for family travel.

What is the message or themes happening in your presentation?Follow your dreams, listen to your heart, ingenuity, being open, resourceful. I guess all the things you learn from travel?

What is one of the highlights you will be sharing? South Sydney winning the 2014 Grand Final (hehe). No, buying land and building an off-the-grid shack.

What is one of the lowlights or crazy stories you will be sharing…give us a teaser? It involves a toilet roll, pumping waves, a flying doctor’s flight and a quick camp evacuation.

For all you accomodation needs visit byronbayaccom.net