CT Surfers Ready for 59th Edition of Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is the longest-running surfing event in the world, dating back to the Bells Beach Easter Classic in 1973.
Bells Beach has been the proving ground for the greats, and the list of Bells champions corresponds pretty closely to the list of all-time great surfers.11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), event wildcard Fanning and surfing legends Lisa Andersen and Mark Richards have won the event four times each.
Australian icon, Gail Couper, is the surfer that holds the record for the most surfing trophies at Bells Beach. After becoming the first female surfer to win an event at Bells Beach in 1964, Couper has won the Bells Beach trophy another nine times. To this day, no surfer has been able to beat this record.
Bells Beach is also a sacred place, a place of cultural significance to the Wadawurrung people traditionally known as Djarrak. To honor and respect the local community, every year The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach begins with a traditional Welcome to Country and concludes with Wadawurrung and local indigenous surfers presenting the winner’s trophy.