THE surf culture of Lennox Head will take centre stage at this year's Love Lennox Festival to be held on Saturday, June 6 in the coastal village.
While surfers have long stopped to swap stories about the waves, they can stop and swap boards in the Lennox Head Surfboard Swap Meet presented by Boat Channel Boardracks in conjunction with Lennox-Ballina Boardriders.
Jason Shrieves, from Boat Channel Boardracks, said the event has been organised "to provide regional surfers and surfboard collectors an outlet to buy or sell or trade surfboards - and some grommie wetsuits - as well as network with the broader surfing community."
It's expected there will be some heritage boards at the meet, which promise to bring back memories for many older surfers.
Organisers will have prizes for boards in the categories of pre-1960s, 1960s, 1970s single fin, 1970s twin fin and 1980s thruster.
"We are excited to see what collectable boards may turn up and are asking potential participants to dig deep into those garages and storage sheds," Jason said.
An area on the foreshore near the intersection of Ballina St and Byron Street has been secured as the location for the meet.
The event also will be a fundraiser for the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia and the local junior surf development program.
Ten percent of boards sold at the event will go to the charity, and there also is a gold coin donation for each board in display, with a limit of 10 board entries per person.
There will also be a raffle for a few vintage surfboards.
This is just one part of the third annual Love Lennox Festival, organised by the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce.
Other events include a paper plant competition, Flavours of Lennox, the Lions Town and Gown art exhibition at Lennox Head Public School (June 5-7), Jazz by the Sea at the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre and more.
Since Ballina Street will be closed between Byron Street and Park Lane for the Festival, all sponsors will have festival stall locations along the area next to the #LennoxBoardSwap to engage with the community.
We are excited to see what collectable boards may turn up and are asking potential participants to dig deep into those garages and storage sheds. We will have prizes for:
- Best Pre-60's Board
- Best 60's Board
- Best 70's Single Fin
- Best 70's Twinny
- Best 80's Thruster
To be judged by members of the various Boardriders groups present on the day.
Conditions of entering boards to the swap meet are:
- Registration with sellers details
- 10% of sale goes to fundraising
- Gold Coin donation per board entry at the Swap Meet
- Limit of 10 board entries to the Swap Meet per person
Funds raised at this event will be donated to:
The Disabled Surfers Association of Australia (DSAA) and the local Junior Surf Development Program
There will also be a raffle for a few various vintage surfboards which have been donated to the event.
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