Sometimes we spend the evenings at the pub drinking beer, talking about ninja movies and boob jobs. Sometimes we eat organic kale crackers at the beach, watching the sun go down as we talk about yoga and the merits of naturopathy. Sometimes we eat organic kale crackers at the beach and then on the way home stop in at the pub to drink beer and talk about yoga and the merits of boob jobs.

That's the beauty of Byron Bay. You just ride whatever wave you feel like at the time.

This weekend's Byron Bay Surf Festival is all about celebrating these easy breezy vibes, so we hope you can join us to have a few beers and learn more about the amazing characters and businesses that contribute to the region's unique surf culture.

These photos were taken on a typical evening in the Bay, as my boyfriend Matt Wilkinson prepares for another season on the World Surf League Championship Tour...

 

Family surf checks with Uncle Matt @mattwilko8 and Aunty Robbo @robdawg440_films | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

Yes the waves are average. Yes he is going out anyway | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

Caleb Tancred @calebtancred | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

Matt Wilkinson @mattwilko8 doing his best to impress some tough critics - Owen @owright and Kita @kitaalexander and baby Vali | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

Matt Wilkinson @mattwilko8 | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

Supercoach @microsurfacademy and the cheer squad | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

The lighting turns dreamy so @mattwilko8 ditches the surf to get a sunset selfie #moodlighting | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

Sea life | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

The lineup is cleared when a 2m Great White is spotted cruising beneath the waves. If you're going to surf in Byron Bay you're going to have to get used to this scene.. | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

Home time | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

It wouldn't be Byron Bay if there wasn't a few acrobatic manoeuvres being attempted at sundown | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

Bronzed babes and 1-foot waves | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

Caleb Tancred @calebtancred only paddles in if the sharks are confirmed 2.5m or larger.. | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

The team in height order: Lennox Chell @lennochell Glen Hall @microsurfacademy Caleb Tancred @calebtancred and Matt Wilkinson @mattwilko8 | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

Tallows Beach from above | Photo by Anna Jordan @annajordan89

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Words and Photography // Anna Jordan @annajordan89

Surfing // Matt Wilkinson @mattwilko8 Caleb Tancred @calebtancred

Festival // Byron Bay Surf Festival @byronbaysurffestival