Women WCT Surfers Ready To Rip Bells For First Time In Three Years

SPC Fruit Pro
Rip Curl Pro
Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia
March 21-April 1

Live Webcast & Live Rip Curl Pro Website: www.ripcurl.com and www.aspworldtour.com

Women’s Surfing Returns To Bells Beach With The SPC Fruit Pro

Easter 2005 will not only mark the 33rd anniversary of the Rip Curl Pro, it will also see the return of professional women’s surfing to the world-famous right-hand reef break of Bells Beach, Australia.

The women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) has been absent from Bells for the past three years, but with the launch of the SPC Fruit Pro this March the world’s top 17 female surfers will take residence in Torquay from March 21 to April 1 to make their mark on the Rip Curl Surfing Festival once again.

2004 World #3 Chelsea Georgeson is one of the world’s best that is very excited to be heading to Bells this Easter for the SPC Fruit Pro:

“Many thanks to SPC for bringing the WCT event back to Bells – it’s a great opportunity for us Aussie girls to dominate on our home waves, said Georgeson. “I’m personally looking forward to competing at Bells in the SPC Fruit Pro for my first time, having been a recent addition to the WCT tour. It would be a dream come true to be ringing that Bell next week.

SPC Ardmona Limited Managing Director, Nigel Garrard, welcomed the excitement around the event and said he was proud of SPC’s involvement in the Surfing Festival:

“At SPC we’re committed to encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle for everyone and being a strong advocate for women’s sport, said Garrard. “We want the SPC Fruit Pro to inspire all Aussies to get outdoors and have a go – there’s nothing better than that.

One of the most exciting elements of this year’s SPC Fruit Pro is its unique Trials format. The SPC Fruit Pro Trials will run at Bells Beach this Monday, March 21, and will feature some of Australia’s best junior surfers. Kingscliff teenager Stephanie Gilmore will be the one to watch after confidently beating reigning World Champion Sofia Mulanovich and six-time World Champion Layne Beachley to win the first WCT event of the season on Australia’s Gold Coast earlier this month.

Beachley, Mulanovich, Georgeson and the rest of the Top 17 will all be looking to get revenge, claim the inaugural SPC Fruit Pro title and get their chance to ring the infamous ‘Bell’.

About SPC Fruit Pro
The SPC Fruit Pro is one of only two ASP International WCT surfing events for women in Australia and will be held concurrently with the men’s WCT event, the Rip Curl Pro. The SPC Fruit Pro will see the world’s best 17 women’s surfers and one wildcard entry competing at Bells Beach, after a three-year break due to a lack of sponsorship. SPC has taken out naming rights for the competition — the SPC Fruit Pro — because of its commitment to healthy, active living for all Australians and SPC’s partnership with six-time world professional surfing champion, Layne Beachley. Check out the live webcast at www.ripcurl.com/spcpro.