Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach To Stay On Tour

26 Sep 2017 0

COASTALWATCH | SURFING VICTORIA

It has been confirmed by the Victorian State Government that world’s longest running surfing contest – the Rip Curl Pro – at Bells Beach has been locked in until at least 2022.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren joined young surfers from the Indigenous and elite Surfing Victoria Program at Bells Beach today to announce the new five-year deal.

It's undoubtedly one of the biggest and most iconic surfing events on the World Championship Tour, and really there's nothing better than a packed Bells Beach at Easter. Watching the world’s best surfers battle it out in their quest to ring the famous bell is something everyone should experience.

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 Rip Curl Pro is going nowhere – these world-class competitions are right at home in the sporting capital." Said Minister John Eren.

“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 commented, "Bells Beach is such an important event on the WSL Championship Tour calendar and 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.”

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