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EVENT: Summer Simon Wins 4th Indigenous Surfing Title At Bells Beach

EVENT // 2018 AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS SURFING TITLES

Summer Simon is one of three kids in a surfing family. Her Dad Mark, her brother Taj and sister Bohdie make the trip with her to the famous Bells Beach each year to compete in the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles.

The family are from Port Kembla in New South Wales, a coastal town a couple of hours south of Sydney. There are a lot of amazing surf spots and a lot of clubs in the area. Competition is tough, but grassroots surfing is safe in the Illawarra. One day, not too far away, there’ll be a solid squad of surfers from the region.

Summer wants to be in that squad. She can’t wait to finish school and make competitive surfing her priority.

This weekend, she’s proven once again that she’s got what it takes after winning her fourth Open Women’s title in the prestigious amphitheatre that is Bells Beach.

Conditions were small and testing after a large swell last week dropped right off, but anytime you get the opportunity to surf at Bells with just a heat of surfers is a fantastic opportunity.

Once again, she’s stoked beyond belief, talking to Surfing Victoria after her win. “This is my fourth year here now, it’s such a culturally significant place and being able to surf Bells with just a few other people is amazing. There is always a new story to tell and listen to when you are down here for the event. I am just stoked to win again.”

Placing in second in the Open Women’s was Jalaan Slabb (Fingal, NSW) with Bohdie Simon (Port Kembla, NSW) and Amber Harrison (Lakes Entrance, VIC) in third and fourth.

Slabb also finished in second in the Junior Girls with Amber Harrison (Lakes Entrance, VIC) and Bohdie Simon (Port Kembla, NSW) in third and fourth.

Another great year at Bells Beach for the national titles. Well done to all the girls who surfed in the titles and represented their people with pride and spirit.

JUNIOR GIRLS Presented by Corangamite CMA
1st Summer Simon (Port Kembla, NSW)
2nd Jalaan Slabb (Fingal, NSW)
3rd Amber Harrison (Lakes Entrance, VIC)
4th Bohdi Simon (Port Kembla, NSW)

OPEN WOMEN
1st Summer Simon (Port Kembla, NSW)
2nd Jalaan Slabb (Fingal, NSW)
3rd Bohdie Simon (Port Kembla, NSW)
4th Amber Harrison (Lakes Entrance, VIC)

Photos and video provided by Surfing VIctoria 

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