Surfing Victoria, The Bolt Blowers and the Surf Coast Shire Council are stoked to announce the Bolt Blowers Invitational, a surf event to raise money for mental health awareness, will take place this Easter Saturday at Bells Beach.
After the disappointing cancellation of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, this event will fill the place of the event for 2021 whilst raising money for mental health charity One In Five and Aboriginal mentoring organization, Strong Brother, Strong Sister.
The funds donated to Strong Brother, Strong Sister will allow Aboriginal young people to access a positive Aboriginal Mentor once a fortnight to learn how to surf, water safety, surf development training but most importantly to improve their health and wellbeing.
The funds donated to One in Five will be used to help fund medical research into mental health. One In Five supports leading Australian mental illness experts at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and Monash Health.
The event is run as a team format with each team having 7 surfers competing in succession with their total wave scores tallied to find the winner. All surfers must ride either an original single or twin fin board that pre-dates 1983.
Teams who have previously supported the event will get first priority to enter the event, with entries opening to the public on the 9th March. The event can only accept 24 team entries.
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And are now counting down to the return of this popular event on the weekend of 6 & 7 August.