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Celebrating our Living Coast in Woolgoolga

You love this coastal life. Sometimes you want to say thanks and give something back. Eco Surf Fest, this October in Woolgoolga is a great way to discover how you can do just that. Whatever board you do or don’t ride, bring an appreciation of our oceans, waves and beaches, tap into the community vibe and you will walk away inspired and empowered.

This FREE family friendly festival will be a grassroots celebration of our living coast, full of hands-on, land and sea based activities for the whole family to enjoy. Be inspired by hands-on eco surf workshops and demos, create your own surfboard art, swap your trash for treasure at the Seaside Scavenge pop-up market stalls, get in the know about surf safety with Coffs Harbour Lifeguards; enjoy great local music, tasty local food choices and the fantastic beachside setting of Woolgoolga foreshore. Stay for the day and soak up the vibe.

CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS! Now is the time to get involved and be a part of this first ever family friendly festival celebrating sustainability, care for our oceans and surf culture on the Coffs Coast. Complete this expression of interest to join our team!

What’s on?

FREE sustainable surf demos

Join the marketplace of ideas about surfing and the culture and gear that goes with it. Check out free demos and workshops to explore the sustainable side of surf culture. How about DIY eco surf wax to give you grip without harming our beloved oceans? Breathe new life into your gear with quick, fix-it tips for everything from the dings in your board to that hole in your wettie. What about that old board that’s been hanging around? Get creative with local surf & skate art legend Jimmy Wags and turn it into a canvas for your own colourful, happy and wonderful artwork.

Seaside scavenge

Do you like chilling out on the beach? Listening to live music? Learning about conscious consumerism and hanging out with passionate individuals who are out to make a change!? Then come on down and get amongst it! Seaside Scavenge is back and organising an awesome beach clean where your trash, once sorted, becomes the currency in a pop-up, pre-loved market to purchase the funkiest of threads, books, toys and more that have been donated by the local community! Get involved and volunteer to bring this awesome activity to life.  Drop off donations of good quality preloved items to any one of our three library branches.  

Surf comp

Coffs Coast Surf Rider Foundation and Woopi Boardriders are hosting a surf competition including Grom and Expression Session competitions with some awesome prizes to be won.  Stay tuned for registration details!

Surf safety sessions

Join a free Coffs Harbour Lifeguards surf safety session and you’ll feel more confident about recognising rip currents and knowing what to do in the event that you or someone else gets into trouble. You can never know too much about surf safety and how to recognise your limits.

All day kids creative zone

Completing our festival of celebration is a pop in, creative play space for kids of all ages. Our 25 meter reclaimed trawler net will be the perfect backdrop for a community installation to call for the elimination of plastics from our oceans. Join local artist Alison Williams and the Coffs Library team for a day of fun!

Board Swap

As part of the Coffs Coast Eco Surf Fest, Coffs Coast Surfrider will be hosting a Board Swap & Sale at the Woolgoolga Foreshore. Bring along your unused boards or find yourself an upcycled board to buy, and conserve our environment by reducing, reusing and recycling . Click here for more info.

Enjoy local musicians & tasty local food!

Sit back with friends and family at the beautiful Woolgoolga foreshore and enjoy music from some great local musicians, tasty local food choices and a fantastic, friendly vibe. Spend the day, enjoy the ocean setting and get involved. The Eco Surf Fest will set you on a great path for spring and beyond on our beautiful living coast.

Credit to our festival collaborators

Thanks and credit to the amazing local organisations, individuals and community groups supporting this event including: Seaside Scavenge, Southern Cross University, Woolgoolga Boardriders, Coffs Coast Surfrider Foundation, Fluro Friday, Costa, XS Surf, Coffs Freediving Association, Boomerang Bags Woolgoolga, Solitary Islands Surf School, Plastic Pollution Solutions, Wastewise Coffs Harbour, Megawatt, Dive Quest, Lee Winkler Surf School, Anchor Bar & Kitchen, Ground Earth, Taffy’s, Bluebottles, RAW X SALT.

The Eco Surf Fest event details

When: Saturday, 19th October 2019. From 9am to 2pm.
Where: Woolgoolga Foreshore.
Cost: Entry to this community event by Coffs Harbour City Council and partners is FREE.

Follow the event on social: Facebook/Our Living Coast & Instagram/MyCoffs Connect #ccecosurffest #coffscoastoceanpeople

Our Living Coast is a joint project of the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen & Nambucca Councils