Jacob Willcox Given Rip Curl Pro Wildcard

Jacob Willcox Granted Wildcard Into Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Jacob Willcox from Margaret River has been allocated a wildcard to compete against the best surfers in the world, in the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach presented by Ford, which starts on Wednesday March 27. After surfing his way to the Round of 48 at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro last week, his 1st ASP WQS event, the 15-year-old goofy-footer posted one of the biggest upsets of the event, beating WCT surfer, Adriano DeSouza.

Willcox has made the journey across the country to compete on one of the biggest stages of them all, and is one of the youngest competitors in history to do so. With the withdrawal of several athletes due to injury, the wildcard goes back to Rip Curl and was given to the current Australian U16 Junior Champion.

"It's unbelievable to get the chance to surf against the best surfers in the world. There’s nothing bigger than the Rip Curl Pro and I can't wait to get out at Bells and see how I go," commented Willcox. Depending on the results from Tuesday's Wingman Trials, Willcox will face Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning or Kelly Slater in his Round 1 heat.

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.