The Victorian Government is delighted to once again welcome competitors and visitors to the world famous Bells Beach for the 2017 Rip Curl Pro.
Since its inception in 1962, the Rip Curl Pro has grown to become an integral part of Australia's surfing culture. It is one of the world's longest running and most highly regarded professional surfing contests, and a rite of passage for surfers and fans alike.
The Rip Curl Pro is also an integral part of Victoria's world-class major events calendar. It brings the world's best surfers to regional Victoria and exemplifies our reputation as Australia's capital of major sporting events. It is yet another opportunity for our state to show people across Australia and the world that we have the best of everything.
I wish all competitors the very best of luck.
The Hon Daniel Andrews MP