Rip Curl Pro stays at Bells Beach
THE world’s longest running surfing contest – the Rip Curl Pro – will stay at Bells Beach until at least 2022.
Victoria's Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren joined young surfers from the Indigenous and elite Surfing Victoria Program at Bells Beach today (8 Sept 2017) to announce the new five year deal.
The move ensures many more packed Bells Beach Easter carnivals, with crowds watching the world’s best surfers battle it out in their quest to ring the famous bell.
The fixture is another opportunity for Victoria and the G21 region to show the world that no one puts on a show like we do – and hosting the Championship Tour's third-leg is exactly that.
International stars Kelly Slater and this year’s women’s winner Courtney Conlogue are among the hottest properties who have made countless trips to Bells Beach, while Aussie favourite Stephanie Gilmore will hope to do one better in 2018 after finishing runner up this year.
The new deal will ensure visitors from far and wide continue to flock to the Surf Coast, keeping local businesses buzzing following the busy summer period.
Around 30,000 people attended this year’s event and checked out the sweeping turns of the Great Ocean Road, with millions of fans worldwide tuning in on their screens.
The state government helped secure the Rip Curl Pro thanks to funding from the Major Events Fund, designed to attract the biggest and best events to Victoria.
“The Rip Curl Pro is going nowhere – these world-class competitions are right at home in the sporting capital,” Minister Eren said.
“For over 30 years, this event has helped shape the proud history of Bells Beach. This new deal will keep attracting thousands of visitors to the region, creating jobs and boosting local business.”
World Surf League Senior Vice President Dave Prodan said Bells Beach was an important event on the WSL Championship Tour.
"We look forward to bringing the world’s best surfers back to Victoria each year to showcase their incredible talents at such an iconic location,” Mr Prodan said.
Source: A state government media release