Bolt Blowers isA�a group of like-minded professionals, entrepreneurs, musicians, actors and artists, who have in some way been affected directly or indirectly by mental illness.A�BB started back in 2006, when a group of friends decided to start a surf comp. It was decided that money raised from entry fees would be donated to One in Five who raise money for mental health research. The date was set, we put a call out to family and friends to come along and help support. We were blown away by the turn out and response to our cause. We realised that day that there are too many stories to be told, to be heard… this surf comp was the beginning of something very special.
Since then, wea��ve learned that there’s a lot of people who struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide, people in our communities, people we work with, those who we never expected….. and wea��ve learned that most of those people feel like theya��re not able to talk about it. We all experience pain, go through hard times, lose ourselves; some of us feel like no ones listening and others are not sure how to start the conversation. Then there’s those who live, love and care for others who suffer from mental health.
People need other people. We believe ita��s okay to ask for help. We believe that great help exists, and we say that on behalf of the thousands of people all over the world who are finding hope and help, people sitting across from a counselor for the first time, people calling crisis hotlines, people stepping into treatment, people talking, people listening.
Surfing, art, music and fashion connect most especially with the young. With the impacts of mental illness and increasing concern within our communities, it is through the combination of all four that Bolt Blowers creates opportunities to highlight the importance of what we call a�?speech with no barriersa��.
Wea��ve seen amazing spirits of support over the last eleven years. People donating their time, be it to cook a BBQ, providing prizes, selling tees or donating money. The Bolt Blowers has grown enormously over the years but the spirit of BB stays true to what we are passionate about.. surfing. Surfing is what we love, surfing is what binds us all together & through this we are able to continue to offer people an opportunity to ease their pain or confusion about mental illness by empowering them through being a part of BB in any way they choose.
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BB Mission Statement
The Bolt Blowers Invitational Surf Event, offers people an “opportunity” to ease their pain or confusion about mental illness by “Empowering them through action”.