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On behalf of the Victorian Government, welcome to Victoria – the nation’s premier sporting and events state and proud host of the 2021 Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles.


Victoria lives and breathes sport, and we’re home to some of the best surf beaches and biggest surf events in the world including the Rip Curl Pro.


Over the next week Victoria’s home of surfing, Bells Beach, will welcome 80 of the best female and male indigenous surfers across the country as they vie for the title of the nation’s best in Open Men, Open Women, Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Longboard and Masters Men categories.


There’s also a chance for top surfers to secure a wildcard to compete at the Australian Open Surfing Titles.


The Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles are also an important cultural celebration that brings together communities from across the nation.


We’re proud to support this fantastic surfing event through the Government’s Significant Sporting Events Program.


The Program supports organisations like Surfing Victoria to deliver events that are national or international in focus or have regional significance and are recognised by a relevant sporting body.


These events bring competitors, officials and supporters to our communities, stimulate the local economy and inspire more people to stay active and healthy through sport.


Since 2014, the Significant Sporting Events Program has secured more than 400 events for Victoria, of which more than half have been held in regional Victoria, boosting local jobs and bolstering businesses.


When you’re not beachside watching the spectacular on-wave action, I encourage you to explore the many attractions our wonderful state and this beautiful region have to offer.


I wish all competitors the very best of luck and hope everyone enjoys the 2021 Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles.


Darren Cheeseman MP

Member for South Barwon