Jack Perry Wins Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Trials; Secures Wildcard Slot
Jack Perry has taken out The Wingman Trials at Bells Beach this morning, over Victoria's highest rated Pro Junior surfer Harry Mann in near-perfect two-foot waves at Rincon.
Perry, of Jan Juc, earned himself a wildcard into the main event, the Rip Curl Pro presented by Ford at Bells Beach, and will now face Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson or Mick Fanning in the first round after the heat draw is finalized later today. Ex-world tour surfer Troy Brooks of Torquay and Cahill Bell-Warren from Bells Beach, couldn't post the scores they needed in their respective semi-finals, in the small and at times inconsistent waves.
Mann had the lead in the final, but Perry took it back with an 8.5 at the half-way mark, to combine with his 7.0 for a total of 15.4, to Mann's 10.9 (5.5 and 5.4). After coming runner-up in the Trials in previous years, Perry said he was ecstatic to get a long-awaited wildcard.
"I was not expecting this at all, it's come as a massive surprise. I've come second to my best mates numerous amounts of times, and been envious of them in the main event. Now I'll be able to tick this off the bucket list." Perry could be in the water as early as tomorrow morning, the start of the event waiting period that runs from Wednesday March 27 to Sunday April 7. "I'll just relax, and see if I can catch a wave I guess. I won't be doing anything different," said Perry.
The Rip Curl Pro is presented by FORD with partners the Victorian Government, Momentum Energy, mophie, Tooheys Extra Dry, Jim Beam, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Telstra, Surf Coast Shire, Surfing Life Magazine, Fuel TV, Ozmosis, Nova, CO2 Australia, Coastalwatch Plus and co-managed by Surfing Victoria.
The 2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will be webcast LIVE via www.live.ripcurl.com and broadcast live on Fuel TV in Australia and Portugal, ESPN in Brazil and MCS Extreme in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland and Africa. You can also watch the event live via the Rip Curl Pro iPhone app, available free in the iTunes App Store.