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  Rip Curl and WSL Announce Three-Year Renewal of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and Portugal

Rip Curl and WSL Announce Three-Year Renewal of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and Portugal

Rip Curl and WSL Announce Three-Year Renewal of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and Portugal

Torquay, VIC, Australia (Thursday, March 21, 2019):

Rip Curl and the World Surf League (WSL) are pleased to announce the three-year renewal of two major events on the WSL Championship Tour (CT) calendar, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and the Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal. With this renewal Portugal welcomes back the world's best female surfers, the first time the women's field has had the opportunity to compete at Supertubos since 2010.

"Rip Curl is celebrating 50 years of surfing this year and Championship Tour events have always been a part of what we do. We love the sound of the heat hooter in the morning," says Neil Ridgway, Rip Curl's Chief Brand and Marketing Officer.

2019 will mark the 58th year of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, and the 11th edition of the Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal. This three-year renewal will see Bells through to its 60th year, a mammoth landmark for competitive surfing.

"Both of these events are combined, supporting men and women equally in both hemispheres of the world," continues Neil. "You can't have one without the other " gender or hemisphere if you mean it."

"We were born at Bells, so our place there goes without saying; and we have been in Peniche 30 years too and our love for the town and the event gets bigger every year. In Europe, you need a World Title event to say 'Ultimate Surfing Company' " and there's no better way to sstamp our brand's place on the Continent than at the Rip Curl Meo Pro Portugal."

"Bells Beach and Peniche are both incredibly important stops on the Championship Tour and, with the 2019 season set to be the biggest yet, we are thrilled to be extending our partnership with Rip Curl to support these events through 2021," said WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt.

"Australia's Bells Beach is one of the most iconic stops on the tour and a real barometer for surfing excellence. Portugal is a true highlight of the season and plays a crucial role in deciding our men's world champion each year. This year we are very excited to see our female surfers compete alongside the men in Peniche and look forward to watching them push performance levels."

Jose Farinha, the General Manager of Rip Curl Portugal, has seen how a CT event has grown surfing in and around his region. "Since we first started holding an event in Portugal back in 2009, we've seen a huge increase in surfing and surf tourism in the country " and with this, positive socioeconomic effects.

"For Rip Curl, Portugal has been an important part of the history of our company in Europe. We couldn't be more excited to extend this relationship once again."

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will run from April 17 until April 27 and the Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal holds a waiting period from October 16 through 28.


  Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable" Hits Theatres on July 12, 2019

"Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable" Hits Theatres on July 12, 2019

Los Angeles, California, USA (Thursday, March 21, 2019):

Rip Curl is pleased to announce that Bethany Hamilton?s new film, Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, has been acquired by global media company Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures for worldwide rights, and has been given a theatrical release date of July 12, 2019.

Originally premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018 and featured at the Lost Angeles Film Festival and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, has seen a sensational response from movie buffs, critics and fans alike.


Ain't No Wave Pool, Mick Fanning and Tyler Wright return to The Snake | #TheSearch by Rip Curl

Earlier in the 2018 season, as reigning 2x WSL Champion Tyler Wright campaigned for her third consecutive World Title, Mick Fanning hatched a plan.

To help her train for the Surf Ranch Pro, the first-ever World Tour event in a wave pool, he was going to take Tyler to his secret wave? The Snake.

Long, flawless barrels breaking right on the sand, eerily similar to the artificial perfection of the wave pool. It was the perfect training ground.

Unfortunately, Tyler has withdrawn from the Surf Ranch Pro due to an ongoing illness... she still scored with Mick though...

  • Band: Mesa Cosa
  • Song: Church Of The Snake


Rip Curl's The Search featuring Mick Fanning & Mason Ho | Outer Inner Space

Mick Fanning is jumping out of his skin. It's taken four days to get here and waking to the sight of six-to-eight foot A-frames unloading right in front of the camp has got the three-time World Champ's blood at maximum fizz.

Looking around, though, we could be in any of a million places. Giant scrubby plateaus stretch for miles softened only by the familiar pink hue of the soon-to-be-rising sun. It could be West Oz. It could be Chile. It could be the moon? (if the moon had blue sky, pumping waves and a little lizard doing push ups on a nearby rock). This is the desert and, like any desert, it doesn't take long venturing into one to quickly discover an overwhelming sense of complete isolation ' a feeling that's becoming more and more absent as modern life invades ever deeper into our personal space' but sheez, let's not go there just yet.

Welcome to The Search for Outer Inner Space. Watch now.


TheSearch with Mick Fanning "Unfinished Business"

Torquay, Victoria, Australia (Thursday, May 10, 2018): When Mick Fanning walked up the beach after his final heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells, the world didn't know what to expect - it was the end of one of the greatest professional careers in surfing history, and everyone with their eyes on Bells Beach knew that.

But what they might not have known was that moment he took off that rash vest, Mick Fanning was embarking on an entirely new adventure. It was the end of an era and the start of The Search.

Within days of ringing the runner-up Bell, MF was on a plane to a foreign land without a plan, an itinerary or any expectations - simply a whisper of a wave, and the hope of finding it.

Like most journeys this particular trip left him wanting more - a bigger swell, a better weather pattern, more time, less rain, tthe list goes on. But that's not a bad thing - because wheen you leave a place with unfinished business, you know you'll return. And that's the beauty of The Search. It never ends.

In fact, Mick Fanning's is just beginning.

  Stephanie Gilmore and Italo Ferreira Win The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach   April 2018

BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS - Stephanie Gilmore and Italo Ferreira won the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Stop No. 2 of the World Tour. After an exciting week of competitive drama, upsets and emotion, the final day of competition ran in 4-to-6ft conditions at the world renowned Bells Beach. 2018 marks the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beacch's 57th year around the sun.

And as Gilmore and Ferreira celebrated their wins, a whole other story was unfolding - three-time World Champion Mick Fanning celebrating the last Championship Tour event of his competitive career. The four-time Bells winner now says goodbye to elite competition after 17 years on Tour and 22 CT victories. The Australian hero's story comes full circle, as he ends his career in the Finals at the same event where he first won as a wildcard.

"Today was really special," Mick said. "I always said I wanted to finish the year up here at Bells. Thanks so much to everyone. It has been incredible to see all the support in Torquay and the support of the fans. This is my 20th year of coming down to Bells Beach. I've been coming down to Bells since I was a little kid. I just want to thank my family for all the support you've shown over these years. Thank you to my friends that have flown down and making this so memorable. It's been an amazing career, and I want to thank everyone.

"It's been amazing," continued Mick. "It was a very special moment with the crowd, best friends here, and then to just be in the Final with Italo (Ferreira) and to see how much it meant for him actually made me feel a lot better. To all the people surfing in this event, it was so much fun. Seabass (Sebastian Zietz), Paddy Gudang (Patrick Gudauskas), Wilko (Matt Wilkinson), Owen (Wright) -- every time I paddled out, I felt like I was going surfing with a mate, and that was really special. To see in that Final just how much it meant to Italo, that was one of greatest things I've seen at Bells, so well done Italo. I am really stoked for you."

Ferreira played spoiler today for Fanning's fairytale finish with the first CT event of his career. The 23-year-old was unstoppable throughout the entire event, taking down 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina in the Semifinals, Ezekiel Lau in the Quarterfinals, and Filipe Toledo (BRA) in Round 3. Ferreira's breakthrough result now vaults him to World No. 1, where he will tie with Julian Wilson (AUS) and share the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey heading into the Margaret River Pro.

"I can't believe it," said Italo. "That was such a sick heat. I started slow, but after that it was amazing. Mick (Fanning) is one of my favorite surfers in the world. But wow, I can't believe it. That was unbelievable. I just want to say thank you God and my family and my girlfriend and every guy that has supported me. I'm just so happy that this is my job, that's what. I just wanted to make some sick heats, and Mick Fanning, he one of my favourites. He is the best competitor, and I just want to say thank you. It's my first win and I am so, so happy. I'm ready to keep working hard."

With today's win, Gilmore joins the likes of Kelly Slater, Mark Richards and Fanning as a four-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event winner, a testament to her strength and style in the water. But her 27th CT win did not come easy, as Tatiana Weston-Webb battled until the last buzzer just coming short of the needed score. Gilmore, who in her 12 years of competing at Bells has never finished outside of the Quarterfinals, has now put herself in a great position as she hunts for her seventh World Title in the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey.

"It was such an emotional build-up to this moment and it is incredible," said Stephanie. "I feel like all the focus is on Mick (Fanning), and it didn't really matter what happened with the rest of the event - it was like I could sneak in and get a litttle ding ding and no one would even care! It took the pressure off.

"The most stressful moments of my heats were right when Mick was paddling out for his heat, and it eased the pressure seeing how calm and relaxed he was despite all the pressure on him."

And with that, the 2018 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was rung and done. the world's best surfers will now prepare for the Stop No. 3 the 2018 WSL CT and the final event of the Australian leg, the Margaret River Pro, which holds a competitive window from April 11 - 22, 2018.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
1 - Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.66
2 - Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.83

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.50 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 9.67
SF 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.00 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.10

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.67 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.44
QF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.77 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 9.33
QF 3: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 17.86 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.50
QF 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.73 def. Frederico Morais (PRT) 15.00

Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
1 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.17
2 - Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.94

Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.00 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 5.10
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.00 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 15.44

2018 WSL Men's CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):
1 - Julian Wilson (AUS) 11,665 pts
1 - Italo Ferreira (BRA) 11,665 pts
3 - Mick Fanning (AUS) 11,500 pts
4 - Owen Wright (AUS) 9,490 pts
4 - Michel Bourez (PYF) 9,940 pts

2018 WSL Women's CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):
1 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14,745 pts
2 - Lakey Peterson (USA) 13,085 pts
3 - Caroline Marks (USA) 10,830 pts
4 - Carissa Moore (HAW) 9,490 pts
5 - Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 9,190 pts
5 - Keely Andrew (AUS) 9,190 pts

The Typhoon, Episode 24 of #TheSearch Featuring Tom Curren and Mason Ho

The sixth typhoon of the year looked promising. Like its geographical brethren, the southern cyclones and northern hurricanes, typhoons may deliver the yin or yang of nature: joy to some and devastation to others, depending on your location and desires.

Never was this more evident than now, for while I was en route to a hopefully wave-rich rendezvous in the North Pacific, a triple-pronged horror show led by Hurricane Irma was destroying the Caribbean, also staring with its three malignant eyes at Florida. Meanwhile, as if nature's wrath wasn't enough, the demented despot Kim Jong-un was firing missiles around the place like a naughty kid with a slingshot. Why is it that dictators so often seem to be comical, even ridiculous figures, yet are simultaneously murderous psychopaths. Something about their childish natures make them even more threatening, in a sense less likely to be tempered by reason. We cross our fingers and hope that the leaders of the world don't cross an indelible line. Surfers chase bombs, but not the metallic kind.

Join Mason Ho and Tom Curren, as they spend one week scouring the coastline of this wave-drenched, storm-ridden island in the North Pacific. This is #TheSearch.

Made For Wake - Daniel Grant, Jadon Scures and Busty Dunn at Thai Wake Park - Summer 2017/18

Whether it's riding a wakeboard or a wakeskate, Daniel Grant is regarded as the best. He's innovative, he's stylish and you never know what he'll do next. Wearing Rip Curl's latest Flashbomb Wake Vest, Daniel returns home to his local Cable at Thai Wake Park for the global event series Plastic Playgrounds, but before he jumps in to compete, he and his teammates Busty Dunn and Jadon Scures hit the park for a warm-up session. With hits like these even BEFORE the event kicked off, it was no surprise that Daniel took first place in Bangkok and the lead in Plastic Playground World Series, one of the most progressive events in the competitive wake calendar.

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