Russell Molony has been a feature at the Indigenous Surfing Titles since its inception.
He’s been a dominant performer for the past five years, making the final every year.
Molony climbed to the top of the podium in 2012 and will chase further victories on the famed Bells Beach break in the years to come.
Like many who chase waves for a living, Molony is defined by his passion, as he described to NITV.
“It is a part of who I am, it’s what I do.
"It’s part of our lifestyle. It’s kind of what I’m good at so it’s something I’m always going to do, and I’m going to do it until I can’t walk."
“Even if I can’t walk, I’m still going to try and do it, I’m never going to stop”, said Molony.
The 39-year-old is a ten time winner of the Wandiyali Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Indigenous Classic – Australia’s richest surfing competition for Indigenous surfers.
Molony enjoys a strong connection with the ocean and whilst he once chased waves on the world scene, he now enjoys the calming effects it provides.
“It is still spiritual. When you’re out on the water, you can have bad things going through your head, and as soon as you get in the water and you’re sitting out the back, it all disappears.
“It’s really good for your mind and your body and I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t first to give it a go,” said Molony.
The Indigenous Surfing Titles allows Aboriginal surfers to enjoy the spotlight at a world class venue and Molony hopes future generations of Indigenous surfers will follow the trend and hit the waves.
“And it’s what we’re doing now, trying to pass on what we love to the next generation.”