|Toledo Finds Redemption With Bells Win, Moves to Top Spot on CT Rankings
Finishing runner-up to John John Florence (HAW) at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in 2019, the last time the event ran, Filipe Toledo (BRA) came into the 2022 event with one thing on his mind: to ring the iconic Bell. The eclectic natural footer has a brand of surfing that suits Bells to no end, whether it’s aerials at Rincon or carves on the Bowl, Toledo has it all and it was on full display all week. In the Final, Toledo came up against 2022 CT rookie Callum Robson who was on a devastating run of form, but it was no match for the perennial title threat as he claimed his maiden Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach title and takes the top spot on the world rankings ahead of the Margaret River Pro, an event where he is the defending winner.
“Finally we are back at Bells,” Toledo said. “The last few years we haven’t been able to come here because of everything that has been going on and we’ve missed you Bells. I’m really happy to be back here, it’s been an amazing week. I couldn’t be happier with this birthday present. After I beat John (Florence) I had that extra confidence going into the next few heats which was exciting. It was cool to share a Final with Callum. I’ve been coming here for nine years trying to get a Bell and this guy is in the Final in his first year, which is crazy. Really impressive. This is hard, it’s hard to keep the momentum, and the rhythm going from contest to contest so hopefully we can keep it going.”
Although he was unable to take the top spot, 2022 CT rookie Callum Robson (AUS) taking second place at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is a major achievement and a testament to the incredible surfing he was displaying all week. Taking down names like Mick Fanning (AUS) and Jack Robinson (AUS) along the way, Robson now finds himself in sixth place on the rankings.
Earlier in the day, Wright overcame former Bells winner Courtney Conlogue in the Semifinals with Moore taking down 2022 form surfer Brisa Henessy (CRI) to cement her spot in the Final. Robson upset Jack Robinson (AUS) in his Semifinal with Toledo overcoming Ethan Ewing (AUS) in Semifinal 1.