The Rip Curl Pro will return to Bells Beach in 2022 under a new three-year agreement secured by the Victorian Government.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula announced the deal with the World Surf League to continue the competition at Torquay following the cancellation of this year’s event after the Government was unable to provide the WSL with a guarantee regarding quarantine places to enable the event to proceed at Easter.
“The Rip Curl Pro is known around the world and loved at home and it’s great that it will be returning to Bells Beach in 2022 and for at least two more years after that,” said Pakula.
“No one is happy that we can’t host the event this year, but the public health advice was clear and protecting the health of Victorians is non-negotiable.”
This year’s key leg will instead be held over the border in Newcastle.
“It’s disappointing that circumstances will not allow us to surf at Bells Beach this year, but we are excited that this new three-year agreement will ensure the continuation of one of surfing’s most historical events,” said World Surf League Asia-Pacific general manager Andrew Stark.
“We thank the Victorian Government for their understanding throughout this incredibly challenging time and look forward to the Bell being rung for a long time to come.”