cosmic streamthe 24-year-old Californian event that celebrates surfing’s transitional years of the 1970s and 80s, is coming to Byron Bay next month as part of the Byron Bay Surf Festival.
Cosmic Creek is the brainchild of a California surf industry veteran Eric Diamondwho created the event to recognize and celebrate the surfboard shaping community, honoring his father Daryl who delivered Clark Foam surfboard blanks to the American shaping community from the 1960s to 1980s.
The event has been held for 24 years in the United States, from its spiritual home in Salt Creek, and this is the first time it has come to Australia.
Cosmic Creek Ride participants provided single and double fins, shaped 50 years ago by some of the region’s iconic shapers including Bill Wallace, Gunther Rohn, Dick Van Straalen, Geoff McCoy, Tony Dempsey, Hayden Kenny and Chris Brock.
The gear mounted in each round is chosen via a lottery before each round to ensure that no individual benefits from having their own special gear.
The event, which is open to all and includes a range of age categories and a professional show division, is brought to Byron Bay by surf brand Vissla. The competition will take place on friday september 9and Saturday September 10and will be immediately followed by an evening of free music at the Rails Hotel.
The surf rounds will take place at The Wreck.