On April 15, 2019, Trials will be held for 2019 The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and a host of local and international male and female surfers will have the chance to compete for a wildcard spot into the main WSL event.
This year the triallist roster is stacked with big names, with the likes of Matt Wilkinson and Mason Ho competing on the men’s side, and Alana Blanchard on the women’s. Sophia Media, the younger sister of 2x World Champion Gabriel Medina, will also have the chance to compete in the trials event.
Matt Wilkinson, a former champion of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, is looking forward to seeing what the other triallists can put on offer.
“Bells is a really special place to me,” Wilko says.
“Having won here before was a highlight in my career, and having another chance to compete in the CT event is exciting. I also think it will be really fun to see what a lot of these groms can do. Bells is a great place to test a surfer, between the cold water and the power of the Southern Ocean… so I guess all we can do is hope there’s some good swell on offer!”
As another former World Tour competitor, Alana Blanchard echoes the same sentiment. “I’ve had a long chunk of time off competition now, and I’m really excited to get back in the water in a jersey,” says Alana.
“I’ve started surfing more and more in the last year, and am feeling more comfortable in my ability since having Banks. I’m also looking forward to seeing what the younger girls can do out there! Everyone is so talented… it will be a lot of fun.”
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach trials will be held in conjunction with Surfing Victoria’s trials over April 14 – 15, 2019. At the end of the two days, two male surfers and one female surfer will earn themselves a spot in the 2019 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
2019 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Trials
HT 1: Leilani McGonagle (CR) vs Mathea Olin (CA) vs Sophia Medina (BRA)
HT 2: Alyssa Spencer (USA) vs Kirra-Belle Olsson (AUS) vs Molly Picklum (AUS)
HT 3: Kobie Enright (AUS) vs Alana Blanchard (USA) vs Bella Wilson (AUS)
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Info
HT 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs Mason Ho (HI) vs Xavier Huxtable (AUS)
HT 2: Jacob Willcox (AUS) vs Jackson Baker (AUS) vs Sheldon Paishon (USA)
HT 3: Matthew McGillivray (SA) vs Morgan Cibilic (AUS) vs Crosby Colapinto (USA)