Bells Beach, VIC/AUS (Friday 26th May, 2017): Day One of the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles kicked off today with perfect conditions at the world famous Bells Beach. Opening with a traditional smoking ceremony on the sand at Bells, the event kicked off in perfect 2-3ft waves with rounds one and two of the Open Men and Masters divisions. One of the stand-out surfers of the day was former event champion Russell Molony (Shelley Beach, NSW), who locked in the days highest heat total of 18.27 in Round 1 of the Open Men. “It's just awesome to be back down here in the fresh air at Bells with some fun waves.” “I don’t really have any goals for the event, it is more about coming down to hang out and have a yarn with everyone.” Local surfer Jordie Campbell (Jan Juc, VIC) also secured an opening round win along with Finn Hill (Avoca, NSW), Otis Carey (Coffs Harbour, NSW), Rohnin Henry-Micale (Bellambi, NSW) and Josh Burrows (Toormina, NSW). In the masters it was Robbie Page (Kempsey, NSW), Anthony Hume (Mt Duneed, VIC) and Rhys Collins (Red Hill, VIC) who led the charge winning their opening heats. The event will continue into the weekend with heats starting at 8am on Saturday. Finals are expected to be run on Sunday. Heat draws and schedules can be found online at www.indigenous.polarproductions.com.au The Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles is presented by HeadSox, VicHealth, The Victorian Government and the Australian Government National Landcare Program and supported by Surfing Australia, Surfing Victoria, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, Play it Safe by the Water, Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative, Telstra, ONABAC, VACSAL, ESA, and the Hurley High Performance Centre.