April 6, 2021

Bolt Blowers blow mental illness out of the water at Bells Beach

Mental Illness has been blown out of the water today at Bells Beach with the 16th Annual Bolt Blowers Invitational taking place at the fabled beach on Wadawurrung Country.

Kicking off with a traditional welcome to country and smoking ceremony by Wadawurrung Traditional Elder Corrina Eccles, over 160 surfers from around the state gathered to raise awareness and money for Mental Health.

The Retro Surf Comp required all competitors to surf pre-1983 surf boards adding an extra challenging element to the event.

“I was blown away by the event” said Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson. “All of us have had a friend or family member who has struggled with Mental Health at some point, to see the surf community come together like this is incredible to see”.

Reigning Event Champions Team Dragon featured Former Australian Champion Xavier Huxtable and were unstoppable in the final going on to become back to back champions.

Funds raised from the event  will be donated to Aboriginal Mentoring Organisation Strong Brother Strong Sister and Mental Health research charity One-In-Five.

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