Rip Curl Pro to ride the waves at Bells Beach until 2022
Published: 12 September 2017
Surf's up for the world's longest running world championship level surfing contest, the Rip Curl Pro, with a further five years at Bells Beach in the pipeline until 2022.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren joined young surfers from the Indigenous and elite Surfing Victoria Program at Bells Beach on Friday 8 September to announce the new five year deal.
The five year deal, set to begin in 2018, will be funded by the Victorian Government's Major Events Fund that is designed to attract the biggest and best events to the state.
The Rip Curl Pro is the most well-known stop of the World Surfing League's annual World Championship Tour.
Now in its 56th staging, the event attracts the world's best surfers from across the globe as they compete for an opportunity to ring the bell.
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.
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.
Major events like the Rip Curl Pro attract visitors to our regional areas from across the state, the nation and the world which keep local businesses booming and help boost our visitor economy.
For more information and to see some videos from this year's men's and women's finals, visit the Rip Curl Pro website.