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Otis Carey, Amber Mercy and Robbie Page crowned Australian Indigenous Surfing Champions

Otis Carey, Amber Mercy and Robbie Page crowned Australian Indigenous Surfing Champions

27/05/2014, Torquay (Vic), Surfing, Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles, Article # 2206743

Otis Carey, Amber Mercy and Robbie Page crowned Australian Indigenous Surfing Champions

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Above Photo: Otis Carey (Sydney, NSW) has taken out the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles at Bells Beach

Photo Gallery Includes: Presentation Shots, Otis Carey, Russell Molony, Robbie Page, Simon Knox, Amber Mercy, Max Tatum, Danielle Page, James Mercy & Steve Parker

Photo Credit: Liam Robertson / Nikon
 

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Bells Beach, Torquay VIC/AUS (Tuesday 27th May, 2014): Otis Carey (Sydney, NSW) has been crowned Australian Indigenous Surfing Champion at Bells Beach taking down former Australian Champion Russell Molony (Central Coast, NSW) in small but clean waves.
 
The well-known natural footer wowed the crowds with an incredible display of progressive surfing mixed with powerful carves.
 
Carey was dominant all event taking out the top 4 heat totals over the two days and 4 of the top 5 wave scores.
 
In the final, Carey blasted his way to a 16.80 heat total, including an event high 9.8, to best Molony’s 10.63.
 
James Mercy (Currumbin, QLD) and Simon Knox (Sunshine Coast, QLD) finished in third and fourth respectively.
 
“I’ve always wanted to win this contest so I’m really happy.” said an elated Carey
 
“Last year I was not riding great boards but this year my boards are really good and I feel a lot more healthy this year”
 
“I really just came down to catch up with everyone and that’s the attitude I had coming into the event.”
 
“Its hard to explain winning this competition. It’s such a special thing for all the indigenous surfers to get together and that’s probably the most special thing about the contest.”
 
Carey will now gain a wildcard into the Open Men’s division at the Australian Surf Festival along with a all expenses paid trip to the Surfing Australia Hurley High Performance Centre.
 
The Open Women’s final was again taken out by Gold Coast surfer Amber Mercy who relished in the small waves at Bells Beach.
 
Amber was able to find a great wave at the start of the heat, which set her up for the victory over Danielle Page (Coffs Harbour, NSW). Shannon Dabono and Amber Harrison finished in third and fourth respectively.
 
Former Pipe Master and World Tour competitor, Robbie Page (Central Coast, NSW) has again taken out the Masters Division for the third year running.
 
Showing he has not aged a bit, Page was dominant in his heats with his trademark style and flair.
 
“This is such an awesome competition to see all the communities come together in such a special place.”
 
“Just watching the Open men’s final was an incredible experience.”
 
Page scored a heat total of 16.23 to best Matthew Molony (Central Coast, NSW) on 11.10 points.
 
Ronnie Thomas (Wreck Bay, NSW) and Steve Parker (Phillip Island, VIC) placed in third and fourth.
 
Full results can be viewed at indigenous.prosurfinglive.com
 
The Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles is presented by VicHealth, Play it Safe by the Water, the Victorian Government & Surfing Victoria and Supported by Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative, Wathaurong Glass, TeamUp, Surfing Australia, Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, Be the Influence, Event Studios Australia, Surf World Museum, Telstra, CoastalwatchPLUS, Cancer Council Sunscreen and Nikon.
 

Interstate competitors shine at Day 1 of the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles

Interstate competitors shine at Day 1 of the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles

26/05/2014, Torquay (Vic), Surfing, Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles, Article # 2199748
 

Interstate competitors shine at Day 1 of the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles

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Above Photo: Simon Knox (Sunshine Coast, QLD) was a standout on Day 1 on the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles at Bells Beach

Photo Gallery Includes: Simon Knox, Russell Molony, Robbie Page, Dale Richards, Jordie Campbell, Max Tatum, Otis Carey, 

Photo Credit: Liam Robertson / Nikon
 

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Bells Beach, Torquay VIC/AUS (Monday 26th May, 2014): Interstate competitors have shined on Day 1 of the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles at Bells Beach which saw Rounds 1 and 2 of the Open and Masters divisions completed.
 
All opening round heats were won by interstate competitors with Simon Knox (Sunshine Coast, QLD), Dale Richards (Gold Coast, QLD) Russell Molony (Central Coast, NSW) and Otis Carey (Sydney, NSW) all standouts.
 
His first time down at Bells Beach, Simon Knox impressed with some strong power surfing in the small but clean 2-3 ft swell nailing the highest wave score for the day, a 9.60 (out of a possible 10).
 
“This is my first time down here and there are some fun waves. I’ve got a 4.3 wettie so I’m nice and toasty down here” said Knox.
 
“I just decided to come down and hang out with the boys and get some waves. It’s been a great couple of days already.”
 
Otis Carey scored the highest heat total of the day in the final heat of Round 1, with a total of 17.50 (out of a possible 20).
 
Carey scored the second highest wave of the day, a 9.33, including a series of massive carves and an air reverse.
 
The Masters division saw both Round 1 and 2 completed with Ronnie Thomas (Wreck By, NSW) and Matthew Molony (Central Coast, NSW) both progressing through to the final.
 
Former Pipe Champion, Robbie Page (Central Coast, NSW) was relegated to the 2nd chance round and will surf again tomorrow.
 
Full results can be viewed at indigenous.prosurfinglive.com
 
The Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles is presented by VicHealth, Play it Safe by the Water, the Victorian Government & Surfing Victoria and Supported by Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative, Wathaurong Glass, TeamUp, Surfing Australia, Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, Be the Influence, Event Studios Australia, Surf World Museum, Telstra, CoastalwatchPLUS, Cancer Council Sunscreen and Nikon.
 
The event can be followed online at indigenous.prosurfinglive.com
 

Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles Officially opened for 2014

Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles Officially opened for 2014

25/05/2014, Torquay (Vic), Surfing, Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles, Article # 2193162

Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles Officially opened for 2014

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Above Photo: Minister for Sport Damian Drum, 2012 Australian Indigenous Champion Russel Molony, Surfing Victoria Indigenous Aquatics Manager Steve Parker, and Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos.

Photo Credit: Liam Robertson / Nikon
 

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Bells Beach, Torquay VIC/AUS (Sunday 25th May, 2014): The Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles has been officially opened for 2014 with a traditional ceremony on the culturally significant grounds of Bells Beach.
 
The annual event which crowns the top Australian Indigenous surfer, will feature some of the best surfers in the country including 2012 event champion Russel Molony (Central Coast, NSW), talented free surfer Otis Carey (Sydney, NSW), former WQS surfer Simon Knox (Sunshine Coast, QLD) and current Victorian Indigenous Champion Jordie Campbell (Sandy Point, VIC).
 
“Its all about getting out there and all the communities coming together down here at Bells. It’s a real fun event and to get the chance to surf Bells with only a couple of other guys out is great.” Said former champion Russel Molony.
 
“I’m pretty comfortable with surfing here now that I have been here a few years in a row. Before that I used to struggle here, my body was stiff and I was always cold but I’m definitely a lot more at ease with the wave. ”
 
Minister for Sport Damian Drum and State Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos attended the ceremony to welcome the interstate competitors to Bells Beach.
 
First call for Round 1 will be made at 8:30am at Bells Beach on Monday for a possible9:00am start.
 
The Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles is presented by VicHealth, Play it Safe by the Water, the Victorian Government & Surfing Victoria and Supported by Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative, Wathaurong Glass, TeamUp, Surfing Australia, Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, Be the Influence, Event Studios Australia, Surf World Museum, Telstra, CoastalwatchPLUS, Cancer Council Sunscreen and Nikon.
 
The event can be followed online at indigenous.prosurfinglive.com
 

Indigenous Surf Titles Smoked In

Indigenous Surf Titles Smoked In

25/05/2014, Torquay (Vic), Surfing, Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles, Article # 2193161

Indigenous Surf Titles Smoked In

By Mark Humphrey

Bells Beach, Torquay Vic/Aus. (25th May 2014). The traditional welcoming and smoking ceremony to open the 2014 Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles at Bells Beach was conducted today by members of the local Watha wurrung Indigenous tribe.Karina O'Toole addresses the people.

 Karina O'Toole, great, great, great, granddaughter of Indigenous Queen Mary spoke briefly about the heritage of the region and the people she represented before handing over proceedings to Tribe Elder Uncle Dave who set about with the traditional smoking ceremony. Tribe Elder Uncle Dave summons the good spirits.

With smoke wafting across the presentation area, a group of Indigenous dancers showcased their dance ritual to the rhythm of the didgeridoo. Indigenous dance

The festivities were wound up with the traditional smoking of the competitors where each competitor wafted the eucalyptus smoke across their bodies.One of the comp favourites Russel Molony takes in the smoke.

On hand to welcome in the Indigenous Titles was Victorian Minister for Sport the hon. Damien Drum. Having grown up in and around the region Drum spoke of the proud history of the local tribespeople and the culture of the Indigenous titles. "From a government point of view, we always encourage the Indigenous people to celebrate cultural and sporting events" he said. "It's an identified and proven fact that Indigenous people embrace Indigenous only events with the surfing titles a prime example. These types of events provide a feeling of belonging for the Indigenous community and the Victorian Government totally supports their quest" said Drum. Minister Drum went on to reflect the importance of the sacredly cultural site of Bells Beach. "This place is famous for surfing events such as the Rip Curl Pro with the sport now going to another level. The Indigenous Titles are part of that profile with the government supporting the needs of the area to some extent" he said.Victorian Minister for Sport The Hon. Damien Drum with 2012 winner Russel Malony.

One of the favourites to take out this year's title is former winner Russel Malony. Having won the event in 2012 Molony finished runner up in last year’s event. A self-employed builder on the NSW central coast, i caught up with Malony after the ceremony to get his thoughts on this year’s event and started by asking about his surfing feats since last year’s event. "Well i haven't been doing that much comp surfing since last year’s nationals. I did the Indigenous Surf Fest in Newcastle this year where i was lucky enough to pick up the win. Outside of that it has basically been club events with my local boardriders club the North Shelly Boardriders". Malony went on to say "i have my building business to look after as well as my 8 year old son so between them i'm pretty busy" he laughed.

With regards to the famous break i asked Malony if he had mastered Bells Beach "yeah i'm feeling at ease with Bells now that i have been here for a couple of events. When i first surfed here it seemed like i didn't have the right board or the right wax or the right anything but as time went on i started to get a feel for the place and it definitely helps having the break to yourself during the comps" he said. Asked about his main opposition for the event Malony said that he expected the likes of Carey, Knox and Richards to figure in the pointy end although he just enjoyed being part of the event. "I really enjoy just being in the event and if i go well then that is just a bonus. To me it's all about celebrating our journey".

Molony and co will face off tomorrow morning at Bells Beach with the event expected to be called on at 9am.

For further details on the event log onto indigenous.prosurfinglive.com

 

Australia’s top Indigenous surfers to gather at the sacred site of Bells Beach

Australia’s top Indigenous surfers to gather at the sacred site of Bells Beach

22/05/2014, Torquay (Vic), Surfing, Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles, Article # 2170471

Australia’s top Indigenous surfers to gather at the sacred site of Bells Beach

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Above Photo: 2012 Australian Indigenous Champion Russel Molony (Central Coast, NSW) will be back to surf at Bells Beach this week.

Photo Credit: Steve Robertson
 

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Bells Beach, VIC/AUS (Thursday 22 May, 2014): The cream of indigenous surfers in the country is set to gather at the famous and culturally sacred site of Bells Beach for the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles starting on Monday.
 
The event is in its third year after a 16-year hiatus and has turned into a showcase of the elite indigenous surfers in the country.
 
Surfing Victoria Indigenous Aquatic Manager and Contest Director, Steve Parker is ecstatic to be holding the event at Bells Beach once again.
 
“Having the event at Bells Beach is incredible for all Indigenous Surfers. The event is coming into its third year now is starting to make a mark around the country with our indigenous communities” said Parker.
 
“This year should have some really good surfing with Victorian Indigenous Champion Jordie Campbell competing and will have the advantage of local knowledge over the interstate competitors.”
 
Some of the surfers competing this year include:
 
- 2012 Australian Indigenous Champion, Russel Molony (Central Coast, NSW)
- WQS surfer Simon Knox (Sunshine Coast, QLD)
- 2014 Victorian Indigenous Surfing Champion, Jordie Campbell (Sandy Point, VIC)
- 2013 Australian Indigenous Champion, Joe Haddon (Forster, NSW)
 
The event will kick off with an opening ceremony at Bells Beach including a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony performed by the local indigenous community.
 
The opening ceremony will commence at Bells Beach at 4pm.
 
The Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles is presented by VicHealth, Play it Safe by the Water, the Victorian Government & Surfing Victoria and Supported by Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative, Wathaurong Glass, TeamUp, Surfing Australia, Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, Be the Influence, Event Studios Australia, Surf World Museum, Telstra, CoastalwatchPLUS, Cancer Council Sunscreen and Nikon.