Get an insight into the history of the infamous Rip Curl Pro Bell trophy. Originating in 1973 the Rip Curl Pro is the longest running professional surfing competition in the ASP tournament and one of the most desired trophies in the entire competition. Still in it’s original design, the video features Joel Parkinson’s 2004 winning trophy as Mal Sutherland from Surf World Museum on the Gold Coast tells the story behind the cherished bell. The trophy weighs roughly six pounds and is made of a solid wood structure and the bell is cast brass. Because of competitions like the Rip Cur Pro, it’s iconic bell and victors, surfing has grown from an amateur sport and passionate obsession for the water in the 1960’s, into the global phenomenon it is today.
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