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Better than Coachella, the Byron Bay Surf Festival

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Byron Bay Surf Festival 2014! 

We imagine that the Byron Bay Surf Festival is like a surfer's version of Coachella, but even better because it's at the beach! The three-day festival held Oct. 24-26 was a coastal bum’s dream of sensorial happiness: live music concerts, surf movie screenings, expression sessions, yoga, SurfLit Lounge, artists and brands selling awesome stuff and way more events to please the eyes, ears, body and creative mind than we can list.

Seeababes Makala Smith, Leana Rack and Chrystal Fitzgerald were up in it all last weekend and still smiling days after from the vibes. They guided us through some of their festival highlights! 

All the surf-related events were held at Wategos Beach, a gorgeous world class point break. Board demos and expression sessions had the water packed all weekend long, and even the sand was a space for creativity. Sand drawings were done by a local artist that gets up at 4am to draw on the fresh and untouched beach. 
Wategos Beach in the early morning. 
Sand Art on the beach.
Close-up of the sand art.
There was plenty of socializing and happenings to check out between surf sessions, or just have a minute to take it all in.

Makala hanging out on the grass. Photo courtesy of Byron Bay Surf Festival.

The festival field. 
Chrystal Fitzgerald with Drifter Bali friends at the Surf Art Market. Photo courtesy of @dawnwolfdreamer on Instagram.

Gato Heroi in the Wild Things installation. 
Closer look at the boards that are also like works of art.

Beach day!
Yoga for surfers stretching. Photo courtesy of Bryon Bay Surf Festival.

Feed your mind in the Surf Lit Lounge. Great thinkers and local legends talked about their love for surfing and the surf life. 

Surf Lit schedule. Photos courtesy of Bryon Bay Surf Festival and Chelsea Palmer.
The inspiring story of Pascale Honore in the Surf Lit series was an inspiration to show that anybody can surf. Pascale became a paraplegic 19 years ago as a result of a car accident and had always wanted to surf from spending so much time watching on the shore. One of her son's friends Ty Swan strapped her on his back and they were off, Duct Tape Surfing!


Donate $1 for a pair of headphones!
Board made out of bottles! And he actually surfs it.

See you next year, Byron! For more photos, check out the Byron Bay Surf Festival website and this video produced by the festival. 

Buzzing on 'Surf Culture' | BBSF 2014 from Byron Bay Surf Festival on Vimeo.

All photos courtesy of Byron Bay Surf Festival, Makala Smith and Chelsea Palmer unless otherwise noted.


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