By Maria Nilsson


One of our favourite events is right around the corner and we’ve got tingles just thinking about the fun we get to have. The Byron Bay Surf Festival is a celebration of community, connection and feel good activity, where invitations are unnecessary and the only requirement is enthusiasm. Atmosea has been a die-hard fan of this festival since day dot, and do we have some things planned for you ~

On Friday 23rd, we have our very own artist resident Filippa Edghill showcasing her most recent artworks at the Lone Goat Gallery. Filippa’s artwork is an expression of feminine delicacy, through her latest work called Etè:Series, an ode to summer along the Basque coastline where hot August days are spent with sandy toes, topless; nipples shining bright with skin pearling from the Atlantic salt. This exhibition is made up of a series of analog photography, shot of Filippa’s close friends in Biarritz and Guethary. They feature silver gelatin prints that Filippa developed herself, and then painted with ink on top. There is no digital processing or printing involved and is solely a representation of moments that have been individually processed and re-expressed. If you missed Filippa’s exhibition at Yeah, Nice gallery in Mullumbimby then redeem yourself by giving your eyes a lil self-love and letting them see Filippa’s magic. On top of the new works showing at the Lone Goat gallery the Yeah Nice Gallery exhibition has travelled on into the heart of Byron and is on display at RVCA gallery during the surf festival. There’s live music from Jesse Pumphrey, cold bevs and a fresh line-up of artworks by the likes of Nanda Ormond, Luke Day, Duncan Macfarlane, Jaleesa Vincent, Festival founder: James McMillan, Kentaro Yoshida from Japan and Ted Grambeau. Then you can make your way over to Sunset Cinema across the road at Denning Park for the official opening ceremony and premiere screening of Trouble, the Lisa Anderson story.

Then ~ over at the Surf Club, from 15:45 – 16:15 we’re hosting a talk! Yep, where we sit on some chairs in front of an audience and talk about who Atmosea are, what we’re about and hand it over to the audience to fire some questions at us, where we will nervously scramble some words together to try and represent Atmosea the best way possible. So, come on down and put us on the spot and watch us squirm and laugh and go red.

By the night time, we have a short movie showing at the Byron Bay Community Centre in between the ticketed events of Taylor Steele’s Momentum film and Lauren L. Hill and Dave Rastovich’s exploration into the storytelling of Overcoming: stories of Challenge, Triumphs and the Sea. Atmosea will be premiering FERN & PEARL, a film also by our prolific talent, Filippa Edghehill, telling a story that celebrates Atmosea by taking you on an abstract journey of what it means for women to be connected to sea and land. The Atmosea clip will be on after BEYOND LITMUS (8pm), which you don't want to miss either. 

By Sunday 25th, we’ll be super high on life and ready to surf! As we head on down to Wategos to set up shop for a day of roasting and laughing. Atmosea is a proud sponsor of the Freestyle & Surf Stoke Sessions where the categories are fruity and open for self-expression however you desire. We also have the Mermaid Division session from 9am where all women are invited, with categories such as Do Nothing, Curious Behaviour, Piggies Over, Revolutionary Manoeuvres and Surfboard Switch-ups are your requirements, an openness to interpretation is encouraged.


Photos by Alex Roberts.