Thursday, March 28, 2019
Byron Bay Surf Festival 2019
In the month of February we travelled to Byron Bay for the annual Byron Bay Surf Festival so I could show Love more strong women in surfing, a passion of hers that is truly blossoming and one I want to nurture.
First stop for us was Spell and the Gypsy Collective, where this little wahine selected her own dress from the Little Gypsies range. Love wears Little Xanadu Frill Sleeve Dress in Gold Dust. She was so captivated by the way it swished as she turned that she insisted on wearing it out of the store into the cyclonic wind (see the first photo for cute reference!).
In all honesty, I had a strong feeling many of the events would be cancelled due to the stormy weather from ex-tropical cyclone Oma. The coast had been battered for a few days with large swell, gusty winds and heavy rain. We decided to explore the streets when the patchy rain eased and stopped to dine at Balcony Bar & Oyster Co when it hammered down again, sending other diners racing inside for shelter. We dined on roast eggplant, mung beans and miso sprouts for our main and coconut sago with raspberry sorbet and pistachio for a cool, sweet dessert to finish.
When the darkest rainclouds cleared, we drove the winding coast road to Cape Byron Lighthouse, where we explored the iconic white building from the outside. Love was rather upset it was locked as she had her heart set on collecting ocean stamps but she soon warmed to the idea of running from fence to telescope as I marvelled at the thousands of white caps on the windswept waves and laughed at her exaggerated laboured walk as she leant into the wind on our return to the car.
My favourite moments from our trip to BBSF2019 were spent exploring the buzzing streets, watching Love choose a surfboard from the range available for hire from a local surf shop (for a future trip of course), trying on clothes and old stencilled and embroidered handbags in vintage clothing stores and enjoying the relaxed, easy going surf culture that this beautiful town is famous for the world over.
We will be back next year, consider that a bucket list must do!
Have you visited Byron Bay or perhaps the surf festival? What were your highlights? We'd love to know your pick for events to share with your kids.