We just wouldn’t be celebrating the coast properly if we didn’t include the surf. About 4 years into the festival, committee member Dave Quon (you might recognise him from the “Easy Peasy Japanesy Cooking Class”) noticed the empty space that was the tennis court and broached the possibility of a “bring a surfboard and a story to go with it” exhibition. He was surprised and delighted when it was welcomed wholeheartedly.
The Surfboard Exhibition has been a great success, with no little thanks to Tassie surfing legends Ron McCulloch and Phil Critchlow who have, unassumingly, put in an immense amount of work and dedication bringing together the best annual exhibit of classic surfboards in Tasmania, curated around a core collection of boards reflecting various historical surfboard board design themes.
This year, they have gone one step further and invited many legendary board shapers to hang out for the day. These special guests bring life to the old boards and their willingness to share stories of the history of surfboard development and surfing on the East Coast of Tasmania make this a special part of the Bicheno Food & Wine Festival.
We can’t wait to see you this year, be sure to stop in say hi to Ron and Phil, the board shapers, and of course – our favourite local collector – Baron Von Weirdo (you can call him Von, he’s cool like that!)