The Best Stuff Happening at Sydney’s 10 Day Surf Festival

Look, we’re going to be honest with you—the title of this article is misleading.

Froth Fest is a 10-day festival celebrating surf culture up in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, but we’re a little late to the party, meaning there’s only six days left. But don’t give up on us yet, because the best events haven’t actually happened yet. There’s still plenty of surf, art, film, boards, music and cold beers to squeeze into the festival’s remaining week or so, and we’ve chosen the ones we reckon you should go to. Check ‘em out then go to the Harbord Hotel for more deets.

Ain’t That Swell’ LIVE at Harbord Hotel: Thursday 22 and Monday 26 April, 6-8 pm

Degenerate, shambolic, straight-talking, piss-taking… that’s the description of Ain’t That Swell straight from the horse’s (Vaughan and Jed) mouth, and you’ll get to see the entire thing in the flesh at this live recording of their no-filter podcast. No topic is too ridiculous and no feat in the water is too epic, so whether you’re a core lord or corn dragger, get down to the Harbord. (They’re also hosting the Unofficial Surf League Afterparty on Monday, 26th of April at 8pm, if you can get away with waking up dusty on a Tuesday.)

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Ruby Fields LIVE: Wednesday 21 April, 8:30pm

You know her, you love her, and know you can catch Ruby right up close at Harbord Hotel’s main bar, supported by Love Drunk Hearts. There’s not really much more we need to say about the Shire’s finest musical export, other than get yourself a ticket here before they’re all gone.

Steve Gorrow Art Exhibition – Thursday 22 until Monday 26 April

Known as one of the masterminds behind Insight, Gorrow has produced some of the surf industry’s most revered campaigns, and you should definitely catch his playful pop iconography from this Thursday for four days only.

Ash Holmes Art Exhibition: Friday 16 – Sunday 18 April

Northern Beaches local Ash Holmes (who you might’ve seen in our Bright Young Things feature from 2020) has been painting for as long as her hands could hold a brush. She’s responsible for the mural you can see in the above photo, but it doesn’t stop there—take a wander through the Harbord Hotel to check out more of her stunning work.

Men of Wood & Foam Film Screening: Monday 19th April, 8pm

Men of Wood and Foam tells the story of pioneers of the Australian surfboard industry, when surfing was transformed into a sport and culture of its very own. Another added bonus is that Bennett Surfboards will donate a board to be auctioned on the night, with all proceeds donated to Surf Aid, an organisation whose mission is to improve the lives of women and children in remote areas connected to Australia through surfing.

Board Demo with M/SF/T Shapes: Saturday 24 April, 9am-4pm

Hosted by M/SF/T Shapes on the grass in front of Harbord Hotel, everyone from salty surf dogs to little groms can test drive a new board.

Peter Crawford Photographic Exhibition: Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 April

Peter Crawford is one of the Northern Beaches’ most revered surfing icons, who enjoyed a sun-soaked, wild ride through 70s surfing, and caught it all on film. Presented by his son, Justin Crawford, this exhibition will focus on The Beaches, an explosive period in surfing history and some of his finest snaps.

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