Former World Tour Competitor Glyndyn Ringrose will surf in his first World Tour event since 2000 at the Rip Curl Pro after winning the Visit Victoria Trials at Bells Beach.
The powerful goofy footer was on the World Tour in 1999 and 2000 finishing 9th place at the Rip Curl Pro in 2000. Receiving a spot in the trials after two surfers had to withdraw due to injury, Ringrose surfed his way throughout the early round of the trials to make it to the final day.
With Gale Force winds over night and into the final day, surfers had to deal with victory at sea conditions testing their ability to read the line up and pick the best waves.
Ringrose took down in form surfer Cody Robinson (Jan Juc, VIC) in a wave starved final locking in a heat total of 10.73 points (out of a possible 20). Robinson was runner up with a heat total of 6.34 points.
“I’ve been close so many times to win the trials,” said Ringrose. “This last two days I’ve just been thinking heat after heat and I’m just blessed to get into the main event.”
“The last time I was in a World Tour event was 2000 at the Pipe Masters, it’s so awesome to be able to surf again against the best in the world.”
“I am getting close to 44 years old now and there is not a lot of time left in my surfing career. I still have the competitive drive and mental desire but for me it is about willing my body to do the things you want it to do.”
Ringrose will now face the top seed in the event, current world champion John John Florence (HAW) along with Jeremy Flores (FRA) in Heat 6 of Round 1.
Claiming the second wildcard was Samuel Pupo (BRA). Brother of current World Tour surfer Miguel Pupo, he faced off against Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River, WA) in the Rip Curl Trials.
Pupo locked in a heat total of 12.10 points to claim the wildcard with Jacob Wilcox coming in second on 11.53 points. He will now face Kolohe Andino (USA) and Jack Freestone (Gold Coast, QLD) in Heat 5 of Round 1.
Ella Williams (NZL) has claimed the lone wildcard spot in the Women’s Draw after progressing through the Rip Curl Trials.
Currently ranked 34th on the World Qualifying Series, Williams took apart the messy waves to move through to the main round to lock in a heat total of 8.80 points.
Placing in second was Kobie Enright (Tweed Heads, NSW) on 7.46 points, with local hope India Robinson (Jan Juc, VIC) finishing in third on 5.14 points.
Williams will now face current world Champion Tyler Wright (Culburra, NSW) and Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW) in Heat 3 of Round 1.