BYRON Bay surfing instructor Sean Riley expected just another relaxed weekend teaching newbies the ropes.
He certainly didn't expect one of those newbies to be Andre 3000 - one half of multi-award winning hip-hop group Outkast - who was in town for Splendour in the Grass.
"He was walking by our shop, Soul Surf School, (on Friday) and he said 'you guys look like surfers'," Mr Riley said.
"Next thing we were taking him and his sisters out to The Pass. Then his mum came to take photos. She was really cool.
"We even went out again to Tallow Beach the next day.
"We did a full theory lesson and he got up on a wave for about 100m at The Pass. Then at Tallow the next day he was catching heaps. He's a pretty fit guy."
Outkast, whose hits include Hey Ya!, Ms Jackson and B.O.B, performed an exclusive Splendour show on Friday night.
Mr Riley wasn't planning on going to the festival, but found himself closer to the action than he could have imagined.
"He got us all backstage passes and even did a shout out at his show," he said.
"It was pretty unreal."
"He was so down to earth and very chilled".
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