Celebrating six decades of stand-out surfing moments

April 6, 2023 BY

On behalf Surfing Victoria, Rip Curl and the World Surf League, I would like to welcome everyone to the 60th running of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach.

We are excited to welcome back the worlds best surfers to Wadawurrung Country in Victoria and continue the tradition of the longest running surf event in the world.

The year is especially important being the 60th year of the event. Over the years we have seen some of the greatest moments in surfing history go down in front of the famous Bells headland.

From Gail Couper winning 10 Bells, to classic Occy v Curren heats in the ’80s to Mick Fanning winning as a wildcard in 2001.

This event brings incredible economic benefit to the local community but more than that, the next generation of surfers are able to get up close to their surfing heros.

We are lucky to be able to watch the world’s best surfers up close from the beach during the event and in the water during free-surfs.

On site this year we will see some new food and beverage options in the main spectators area as well as plenty of on-site activities from event partners.

The Rip Curl Pro has prided itsself on being an event that values inclusivity and we have been working with the Surf Coast Shire to improve the accessibility of the event.

This is inclusive of features to support physical accessibility, along with the introduction of some new sensory friendly event elements to support those on the autism spectrum.

For more information on ticketing, accessibility, bus schedule and onsite activities head to surfingvic.com/rip-curl-pro

A massive thank you goes out to Rip Curl, the Victorian government, World Surf League and the Surf Coast Shire who are committed and long-term supporters of the event.

I look forward to seeing everyone down at the event and hope we get the chance to see the best surfers in the world in the Bells Bowl!


Adam Robertson

Chief Executive Officer

Surfing Victoria

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