May 8, 2023

Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles

One of the most anticipated events on the Victorian surfing calendar, the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles presented by Rip Curl, will return later this month to Bells Beach / Djarrak on Wadawurrung Country to celebrate its 10thyear.

The event brings together first nations surfers from across the country including Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

“We’re excited to welcome the leading First Nations surfers to Djarrak for the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles,” Surf Coast Shire Mayor Liz Pattison said.

“As a Council, we support events that encourage people to stay longer on the Surf Coast in our off-peak season, and appreciate and care for this place. It’s exactly what these national titles do, welcoming top First Nations surfers from across Australia to connect with each other and connect with country.

“I wish competitors all the best.”

The event will host divisions including Open Men and Women, Junior Men and Women (U18), Masters (O35), Elders (O50) and Longboard.

“Surfing Victoria are excited to welcome back the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles to Bells Beach / Djarrak” said Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson.

“The event is an incredible showcase of first nations surfers and a true gathering of surfers from around the country.”

The Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles will be held on May 26-28 at Bells Beach / Djarrak on Wadawurrung Country.

Entries are now open for Australian First Nations Surfers via

The Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles is presented by Rip Curl and Head Sox supported by the Victorian Government, Surf Coast Events, VicHealth Surfing Australia, Play It Safe by the Water, Wadawurrung Tradional Overseers, Indigi-Print, Space Cubes and Feed Me Surf Coast.

Image credit: Bohdie Simon

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Surf Coast Shire Council Acknowledges the Wadawurrung People, and Gulidjan and Gadubanud Peoples of the Eastern Maar, their Elders and leaders past, present and emerging as the Traditional Owners of the skies, land, waters and sea country across our municipality. We acknowledge their care and custodianship for more than 60,000 years, which continues today. We walk with them as we respectfully care for and tread lightly on these lands. We also extend that respect to all First Nations people who are part of the community.