Western Australia’s Jacob Willcox and the Gold Coast’s Kobie Enright take out the 2019 Rip Curl Pro Trials, gaining entry to the main WSL event.
The 2019 Rip Curl Pro Trials were held today in one-to-three-foot windswept surf at Winkipop, Victoria, and some of the world’s best surfers tried their hand at overcoming tough conditions and making their way to the Final heat.
Up against the likes of former World Tour surfers Matt Wilkinson and Alana Blanchard, not to mention Hawaiian legend Mason Ho, Australian QS surfers Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, WA) and Kobie Enright (Gold Coast, QLD) prevailed.
This is the second consecutive year that Kobie has surfed her way to the main WSL event, and it will mark the second time that Jacob will surf in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. The last time he was awarded a wildcard was in 2013.
“I’m pretty stoked to get this opportunity,” Jacob said after his Final heat win over Xavier Huxtable (Torquay, Victoria) and Crosby Colapinto (San Clemente, California, USA). “I’m actually a bit of a wildcard veteran it feels like – I’ve had quite a few chances to surf in CTs over the years – and I’m going to do everything I can to make the most of it. Hopefully we get some good swell and we get to put on a show!”
Kobie, who took the win over Alyssa Spencer (Carlsbad, California, USA), India Robinson (Victoria, AUS) and Leilani McGonagle (Pavones, Costa Rica), couldn’t have been happier. “Wow, to have the chance to surf against the best women in the world, in such a historic and important event, it’s hard to describe. I am speechless,” she said, close to tears as she came in from the beach.
“Last year I won trials and got to surf in the main event, and I think I learnt a lot from that experience. Hopefully I can take all those learnings and use them this year!”
After the Rip Curl Pro Trials were wrapped up, the Victorian Trials had the opportunity to crown a male surfer. In the final heat of the day, local surfer and Rip Curl Board Store employee Harry Mann took the win and earned himself a coveted spot in the 2019 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
The Rip Curl Pro will run from April 17 – April 27, 2019. Tune in to the live broadcast via worldsurfleague.com, and make sure to grab your event merch now while supplies last.