Attention all surfers, culture vultures, beach-goers, art lovers, ocean enthusiasts, and visitors both locally and internationally: Byron Bay Surf Festival is back!

The celebrated and award-winning 3-day event is returning in 2017, but unlike previous years will take place in the final days of the summer season from 24-26 February.

Re-use, recycle! Anything goes at BBSF. Image via Ming Nomchong Photography

Considered to be the best surf culture event in Australia, BBSF’s ‘Surf Culture Now’ will feature over 25 different free and ticketed events, ranging from surfing, surfboards and demo’s, to the arts, yoga, education and food to name a few!

The festival’s reputation grew immensely back in 2015 when it won the ‘Surf Culture Award for best contribution to surf culture’ at the Australian Surfing Awards.

Excited to run with this momentum and further emphasise this title, BBSF is committed to presenting and maintaining the culture of surfing as an expression, art and way of life.

So why not grab your mates, pack the car and head on down this summer!


All events throughout the 3-day festival are free entry, aside from the community centre events, the highly popular event Saturday evening, and the Sunday wrap-up party.


24- 26 February 2017.
‘Surf Culture Now’


Just a hint of what you can expect from the Byron Bay Surf Festival 2017 – ‘Surf Culture Now’.


Friday afternoon will begin with the internationally curated art show at the Lone Goat Gallery, which will then move on to Byron’s main beach foreshore for a traditional welcome to country blessing from the local Arakwal and Bundjalung tribes, followed by a feature movie and short film. Festival-goers are then invited to dance the night away at the famous ‘Beachy’ hotel with live music and cold bevy’s.


Get ready for a massive day! Saturday begins with a 7am yoga class on the beach, followed throughout the day by art shows, films, presentations, and workshops. The main beach will be lined with the Surf Art Market and tipi pop-up zone, which will showcase gourmet, locally grown and mostly organic foods, innovative surfcrafts, beautiful and unique fashions, and live music acts from Byron Shire and many other parts of Australia.

There will also be an entire surf literature lounge schedule of book talks, signings and readings, and an international line-up of both established and eclectic surfboard shapers exhibiting their newest creations.

Saturday evening plays host the greatly anticipated and high profile TICKETED event that will include acoustic music, the very popular short film competition finals, and an exciting surprise event as well as 2 amazingly talented final live music acts. Set in the amazing natural environment along the coast, the intimate stage and event location will be pure magic. Tickets for this event will be very limited so get in quick! First release tickets (available to locals) go on sale November 1- stay tuned!


The final day is all about the beach and surf!  BBSF will kick off at the infamous Wategos beach, with freestyle&stoke surf sessions-including the hunters & collectors show, finless and tandem demonstrations, the newly introduced surfer/shaper session as well as the regular sessions of logs, mermaids, legends and fish categories. Unlike traditional surfing events, the competitive nature is taken away and surfers are encouraged to have fun and be creative in their freestyling and how they get across a wave on their surfcraft of choice.

The very popular Party Wave Invitational cash dash will also take place Sunday, which will see one lucky surfer land themselves a whopping $1000 cash!! There will also be demos and sales of the unique, handmade modern surfboards that line the grass of the foreshore.

As a final farewell and wrap-up to the 3 days, Sunday night means time to party! Live music, food and plenty of drinks will make for an unforgettable (and unmissable) evening after a hot summer’s day. Again, tickets are required for this event and will go on sale with the second release on December 1.

Applications are now open for the popular Saturday surf art markets and tipi pop-up zone: Market-stalls, Surfboard shapers, Tipis and Foodies. For market inquiries ONLY please email

Kendall Davies is an intern journalist in her final year of completing a double degree in Journalism/Business at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. With a passion and love for travel, Kendall has ventured around the globe on many occasions- travelling through Europe, the UK and Ireland, Thailand, Singapore, the east coast of Australia and Whitsundays, and most recently Canada and Mexico. She dreams to one day live overseas in New York, and work as a travel or fashion journalist amongst the hustle and bustle of the “Big Apple”. Since she picked up the travel bug at the age of 9, Kendall looks forward to planning and prepping for her next adventures, wherever in the world they may be.