All The Best Malarkey Happening On Sunday Surfday at Byron Bay Surf Festival

14 Feb 2018 4 Share


The Byron Bay Surf Festival is one of Australia's... no, the world's leading public celebrations of surf culture. And it's all set to take place over four days at the end of Feb (22-25 Feb, 2018).

One of the highlights of the the program is Sunday Surfday. Held on the tropo-dreamy shores of Wategos Beach, it's a froth-filled day of sun, surf and salt water for the entire family! Tbe Freestyle & Stoke surf sessions will feature some of surfing’s best and most eccentric sliders, brand new progressive wave-riding categories, and for the second consecutive year, BBSF will host one of last year's crowd favourites, the McTavish Trim!

Scroll below for the full list of the day's eclectic program:


BBSF's  Freestyle & Stoke categories are progressively one-of-a-kind, with a strong focus on artistic interpretation and style. These non-competitive events are decided by peer vote, with advantage awarded to those presenting their surfing with style, wave and equipment adaptability, flare and freestyling fun during each session! Invites are sent out for most sessions and fill quite fast. If an invitee doesn't show on the day, that invite goes open to the beach. So be ready!

Registrations open on the beach at 7:00am with the first session kicking off at 8:00 am sharp!

8:00 – 8:30 am: Torpedoes (surfing the body)
The art of bodysurfing serves as an essential piece to the learning curve of becoming a great all-around water man/woman. Watch as these sliders of the sea throw one arm forward and show us how to truly and intimately connect with the power of the ocean.

8:30 – 9:00 am: Wood Snifferspresented by Wood Surf Co
Riding the natural fibre of wood will connect you closer to the roots of stand up surfboard riding than any man made material. Basically the surfboard is resourced straight from the ground, is sustainable in effect, strong, and looks beautiful. Bring your own, or if you're lucky enough, there may be one at Wattys you can test!

9:00 – 10:00 am: McTavish Trimpresented by McTavish Surfboards
The trim is a unique surfing event whereby the longest distance surfed is the goal for each of the 18 invited trimmers. Surfboards must be over 10 feet in length, requiring a significant amount of skill and panache to surf.

10:00 – 10:30 am: Finless Slidepresented by RVCA
Creativity meets shredability. Any board welcome, no fins allowed! FFFF...

10:30 – 11:00 am: The Extraterrestrial Soft-board Experiment
The only time you can ever say that BBSF has gone soft… Foamies only. Every other category has 12 surfers, but this one... this one we want 20! Shared waves, sit down, stand up, fall down, slide - come do it!!

11:00 – 11:30 am: Log invitational
BBSF Premiere event. Invite only. Modern or classic log 9ft+. Single fin only!

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Mermaid Paartypresented by Atmosea.
Los Chicos Prohibito – Just for tha gals (jus wanna have fun!)

12:00 – 12:30 pm: Ying/Yang
2 peeps on 1 wave. It could be your lover or your besty, your mum or your bro. It don't matter who really, it's about sharing the wave! It's gonna be fun to do, and fun to watch!

1:00 – 1:45 pm: Festival Party Wave!
Open to one and all! Register before noon to join in the fun!ALL SURFERS ON ONE WAVE TO THE BEACH!!

BBSF is once again super stoked to be hosting the McTavish Trim at the 2018 Freestyle & Stoke surf sessions. 

Last year's event saw surfers compete on boards 10ft+, with the winner determined by whoever slides their craft furthest up the beach, and only in the finest trimming style, of course.

Here’s what event founder, and local Byron Bay surfng pioneer had to say about last year’s event: “What an unbelievable day. Being here at the festival reminds us all just how much fun surfing together can be. We are all larking about in the waves laughing, sliding, cheering and catching up with friends from far and wide. We are so thrilled to be a part of the Byron Bay Surf Festival. It’s bringing together the surf community, old and new and it’s just fantastic!” – Bob McTavish, 2017.

And, of course, there'll be an after party for the day's events, kicking off at the Beach Hotel with live music from The Beautiful Girls from 5pm.

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