Margaret River local, Jacob Willcox has been allocated a wildcard to compete against the best surfers in the world! Starting Wednesday, March 27 Willcox will join the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach presented by Ford.
The 15-year old goofy-footer posted one of the biggest upsets in the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro last week, his 1st ASP WQS event. After surfing his way to Round 48, Willcox beat WCT surfer, Adriano de Souza. After his cross-country journey, Willcox participated as one of the youngest competitors in history on one of the biggest stages!
The current Australian U16 Junior Champion was given the wildcard after several athletes had to withdraw due to injury.
“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, 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.