Filipe Toledo Takes Maiden Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Victory
Finishing runner-up at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in 2019, the last time the event ran, Filipe Toledo came into this event with one thing in mind: to ring the iconic Bell. Whether it’s aerials at Rincon or carves on the Bowl, the eclectic Brazilian has it all and was in top form all week. In the Final, Filipe came up against 2022 CT rookie Callum Robson who was on a devastating run of form, but was no match for the perennial title threat. This win puts Filipe at the top spot on the world rankings ahead of the Margaret River Pro, an event where he is the defending winner.
“Finally we are back at Bells. The last few years we haven’t been able to come here because of everything that has been going on and we’ve missed you Bells. I’m really happy to be back here, it’s been an amazing week. I couldn’t be happier with this birthday present. After I beat John I had that extra confidence going into the next few heats which was exciting. It was cool to share a Final with Callum. I’ve been coming here for nine years trying to get a Bell and this guy is in the Final in his first year, which is crazy. Really impressive. This is hard, it’s hard to keep the momentum, and the rhythm going from contest to contest so hopefully we can keep it going.”
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