Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said: “It’s fantastic that we’ll be kicking off the Australian leg of the world league in 2022. The best female and male surfers love coming here, and we can’t wait to welcome them and all the fans who will be making a beeline for Victoria’s beautiful Surf Coast.”
Surf Coast Shire Council Mayor Libby Stapleton likened the Bells Beach Easter event to the September’s AFL grand final and the Boxing Day Test match.
“It’s more than just a sporting event, it’s part of our identity, and whilst the cancellation was understandable and necessary, we are very glad to welcome the Rip Curl Pro back home for 2022,” Stapleton said.
Next year’s WSL championship tour starts in Hawaii in January and will feature 10 regular season events across seven nations – the USA, Portugal, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa and Tahiti.
Australia’s other tour event is at Margaret River in Western Australia from April 24 to May 4.