Rip Curl Pro Bells beach celebrates 50ths anniversary

The Rip Curl Pro is the world’s longest running world tour surfing event and will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of professional surfing at the internationally renowned Bells Beach in Torquay, Australia this year from April 19th-30th.

Since its early beginnings in the 1960’s, the Rip Curl Pro has always been held over the Easter weekend. It is a pilgrimage that the competitors, event officials and fans make each year, eating their hot cross buns and Easter eggs whilst watching the world’s best surfers battle it out for the iconic bell trophy. To be able to ring the bell at the Rip Curl Pro in front of thousands of people is something that most surfers only dream of.  The full-scale metallic bell has become somewhat of a legend and inspired the saying: “you have to win it to ring it”.

In 2011 the Rip Curl Pro celebrates 50 years of competition at Bells Beach, and it’s no doubt it will be one to remember as all past champions have also been invited to join in the pilgrimage. It will be the first time the elite group of current world tour surfers and past champions gather together to celebrate what is the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach.

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