Otis Carey named Australian Indigenous Surfing Champ
COFFS Coast boardrider Otis Carey has been crowned Australian Indigenous Surfing Champion at Bells Beach.
Otis wowed the crowds when taking down former champion Russell Molony in small but clean waves.
The natural footer gave an incredible display of progressive surfing, mixed with powerful carves.
So dominant was his competition performance that he took out the top four heat totals over the two days and four of the top five wave scores.
In the final, Otis blasted his way to a 16.80 heat total, including an event high 9.8, to best Molony's 10.63.
James Mercy and Simon Knox finished in third and fourth respectively.
"I've always wanted to win this contest so I'm really happy, the newly crowned champion said.
"Last year I was not riding great boards but this year my boards are really good and I feel a lot more healthy.
"I really just came down to catch up with everyone and that's the attitude I had coming into the event.
"It's hard to explain winning this competition.
"It's such a special thing for all the indigenous surfers to get together and that's probably the most special thing about the contest."
Otis now gains a wildcard into the open men's division at the Australian Surf Festival when it arrives in Coffs Harbour later this year.
Meanwhile, the open women's final almost produced a Coffs Coast double.
Local Danielle Page was runner-up to Gold Coast surfer Amber Mercy in the final.