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The Bells Event Is Coming Back…in 2022

A new Victorian Government x WSL deal bodes well for the future of the Rip Curl Pro.

Words by Jack Mutschler

The World Surf League has announced that the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will return in 2022. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event was canceled this year and last. Today, the Victorian Government and the WSL agreed upon a three-year contract, which goes into effect next season.

“It was an extremely difficult decision to cancel one of the most iconic events on the Championship Tour,” said WSL Asia Pacific General Manager, Andrew Stark. “However, we are genuinely excited to confirm the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event into the future with a new three-year agreement that will ensure the continuation of one of surfing’s most historical events. We genuinely thank the Victorian Government and our key partners, including Rip Curl and the Surf Coast Shire, for their understanding throughout this incredibly challenging time and we look forward to working with them in the future to ensure the Bell is rung annually.”

According to the WSL Pressroom:

The World Surf League is working closely with Australia’s State Governments and continues to have conversations regarding the locations for the upcoming Australian leg of the Championship Tour (CT). We are currently discussing multiple options to be best prepared to get the CT back on and running. We will share more information in the coming days.

Organizing a world tour during COVID times is a challenge, but the WSL is doing everything they can to make it work.

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