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    Rip Curl Womens Pro at Bells Beach
    April 8th-12th 2009
    AddressBells Beach Torquay Australia Victoria 3228
    Website www.ripcurl.com

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    SILVANA LIMA WINS RIP CURL WOMENS PRO 2009

    Being etched on the Bells trophy for future generations to see is a privilege only few will experience. After her inaugural World Tour victory at Bells, Silvana Lima decided to add a little more permanence to the win; she went out and got herself a Bells victory tattoo. Now she’s got a trophy on her side wherever she goes. Congrats Silvana!

    The Bell is one of sport’s most recognizable trophies and has been a permanent fixture of the Rip Curl Pro since the event’s conception 37 years ago.

    Silvana Lima’s name will forever be engraved on the famous Rip Curl Pro Bell trophy and now, thanks to a little tattoo gun handy work, the Rip Curl Pro Bell will forever be engraved on Silvana Lima.

    The 24-year-old Brazilian won the Rip Curl Women’s Pro presented by Ford New Fiesta in April this year by defeating two-time event champion and reigning two-time ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore at Bells Beach.

    The title was Silvana’s first win from seven ASP final appearances and marked the first time in the Rip Curl Pro’s 37-year-long history that the Bell has been won and rung by a Brazilian (male or female).

    “To be the first winner from Brazil to ring the Bell is just amazing,” said Lima after the final presentation. “I am so happy. I hope everyone in Brazil stays up and parties big!”

    Silvana was greeted with a hero’s reception when she returned to Brazil after the Rip Curl Pro and the pint-sized champion celebrated accordingly – heading straight into a local tattoo parlor to get the Bell trophy tattooed with “Bells Beach” and the historical date “12/04/2009” on the right-side of her torso, just above her hip.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



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