Rip Curl announce three-year renewal of Bells Beach and Supertubos
A month after signing Mick Fanning to a decade-long deal, the Curl are locking down more of their assets.
Today Rip Curl have announced they've renewed their sponsorship of two CT comps: Bells and Supertubos. Each is secured for a further three years, taking them out to 2021.
On the back of this, Rip Curl have made the Rip Curl Pro Portugal a Women's event, so they too can have title decisions play out in shifty European closeouts.
“Rip Curl is celebrating 50 years of surfing this year and Championship Tour events have always been a part of what we do," says Neil Ridgway from Rip Curl. "We love the sound of the heat hooter in the morning!"
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.
“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."
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.