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Rip Curl Pro

The Rip Curl Pro (formerly the Bells Beach Surf Classic) is held annually in Victoria and is a professional surfing competition that attracts visitors to Bells Beach every Easter.

Commonly known as the “Rip Curl Pro”, this event is the longest-running professional surfing contest in the world and is one of the best competitions on the pro circuit due to the giant swells produced by the Southern Ocean.

Rip Curl Pro 2024 Dates, Bells Beach Surfing Classic Competition

The longest running event in competitive surfing, The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is an iconic stop on The World Surf League Championship Tour. As the legend goes, “You’ve got to win it to ring it!” And in 2024, the best surfers in the world will once again have their chance to ring their way into history.

Also, it’s held in Torquay, the birthplace of Rip Curl. Plus, the storied list of former champions includes Rip Curl athletes such as Tyler Wright and Mick Fanning. Suffice it to say that the event holds a special place in our hearts and is part of the zeitgeist of the brand.

In celebrating over 60 years of competition, the Rip Curl Pro brings together the best professional surfers worldwide in one major competition.

There are plenty of activities for visitors at sea and on the sand. The popular Bells contest site draws visitors in numbers as there is a natural amphitheatre created by the dunes, which gives spectators a great view of the competition.

For those who want to relax, the scenic view of the hanging red cliffs against the turquoise blue waters of the ocean makes a magnificent background in which to unwind and enjoy the sun and sea.

Facilities available on location include a kiosk and a first aid centre. There are also toilets and showers located nearby and parking spaces. However, travellers should arrive early to get a parking spot as they will fill up fast.

To reach Bells Beach from the Rip Curl Flagship Store in Torquay, get on the Surf Coast Highway. Drive all the way down past the footy oval. Then, take the second exit, heading up the hill towards Jan Juc. You’re now on the Great Ocean Road. Stay on the Great Ocean Road, and take a left down Bells Boulevard. Soon enough you’ll hit a T-intersection at Bones Road, turn left! By now, you’ll see the official car park, Bells-adjacent, a perfectly groomed 8-10ft swell, and many others like yourself eager to watch the action. Follow the bouncing ball from here into the car park. The staff will collect a parking fee and usher you to the best available spot. You made it!

If you prefer to stretch your legs, take the Bells Track! This scenic stroll runs from Jan Juc, where there’s ample free parking, to Bells Beach, where the competition is held. It’s relatively low intensity and beautifully scenic, with local vegetation and ocean views for most of the trek. There are a few benches along the way for those keen to stop and take it all in or catch their breath. Spanning a little over 3kms long (or 2 miles), the Bells Track is also part of a larger network of Surf Coast Walks that connect from Point Impossible to Aireys Inlet, if you want more.

The shuttle bus is a great way to get into the event with the whole crew. There are hourly services from the Rip Curl Car Park (on the half hour). Make sure you’re checking the Rip Curl socials for The Call. The daily bus service may stop running earlier if the event is called off for the day.

Due to capacity limitations at Bells Beach, Festival Passes do not guarantee entry on the day. Capacity limitations are implemented to ensure the continued preservation of the Bells Beach surfing reserve. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on site unless they are a qualified, accredited assistance dog and serving the person they are with.


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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Trials
The Rip Curl Pro Trials will take place on Saturday March 23 at Bells Beach. The event will feature the top Victorian Male & Female surfers with a spot in the main event up for grabs

Welcome To Country & Indigenous Expression Session
25th March at Bells Beach. The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is opened with a Welcome to Country from Traditional Land Owner Corrina Eccles

Jumbo LIVE Screening at the Rip Curl Torquay Store
Friday 29th March - 1st April. Relax in the sunshine and watch the world’s elite wreak havoc on our favourite right-hand points

Day One of the Waiting Period
All the action kicks off on the 26th of March, 2024

Rip Curl Team Signing
Saturday 20th March, 4:30pm - 5:30pm. Meet the Rip Curl Pro team at our Torquay store! Free to the public

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Festival Pass: $35
Concession: $10

Day Pass: $15
Concession: $5
Kids 16 & Under: Free

Parking: $5

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the gate from the first day of the waiting period.

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