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    Rip Curl Mens Pro at Bells Beach
    April 7-18 2009
    AddressBells Beach Torquay Victoria 3228
    Website www.ripcurl.com

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    JOEL PARKINSON WINS RIP CURL MENS PRO 2009

    BELLS BEACH, Victoria (Friday, April 17, 2009) – Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, has claimed the 2009 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Snickers, defeating fellow Finalist Adam Robertson (AUS), 26, trials winner and event wildcard, in pumping six-foot (2 metre) conditions at Bells Beach.

    The second stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach enjoyed pristine conditions for the business end of competition, with capacity crowds turning up to watch the current ASP World No. 1 battle the local Victorian in a historic Final.

    Today’s victory marks the second time Parkinson has hoisted the bell (the first being in 2004), and the reputation and acclaim associated with the iconic event is something every surfer dreams of.

    “Winning at home is probably the most special win you can have but this is the most special trophy you can have,” Parkinson said. “There is not another trophy in surfing that holds the prestige and honor list that this has. To be back on the trophy again and to hold it for a year is going to be amazing.”

    Parkinson’s win today makes it two for two thus far on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, cementing the stylish natural-footer’s place atop the ratings in the hunt for the ASP World Title.The Rip Curl Pro Surfing Festival at Bells Beach, Victoria, has become an annual pilgrimage for surfers around Australia every Easter.

    HISTORY

    It's the world's longest running professional surfing event, with a history of innovation and excess stretching back to 1973, and is one of the most sought after titles on surfing's elite Foster's ASP World Tour.


    The natural amphitheatre at Bells Beach, where the red clay cliffs drop into the icy southern ocean, makes for an atmosphere unmatched anywhere in the world.

    For the surfers... Bells is a challenging, high performance wave, that serves up long rides and invites the world's best to cut loose.

    Bells is renowned for its booming swells and the crew at Rip Curl are committed to finding the best waves for the world's best surfers to strut their stuff. The event is fully mobile and can be moved to nearby Winki Pop or to the magical beachbreaks of Johanna on Victoria's rugged southern coast (about two hours drive from Torquay).

    When: Easter 2009
    Where: Bells Beach, Australia
    What: Stop 2 - Foster's ASP World Tour event (featuring world's top 45 surfers)



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