Nic Muscroft Wins Bells Trials

Nic Muscroft

Nic Muscroft. Photo courtesy ASP/Rip Curl

Nic Muscroft Wins Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Trials

Muscroft wins Wingman Men’s Trials at pumping Bells Beach to claim his third Rip Curl Pro wildcard

April 2, 2012 – Nic Muscroft (29, Jan Juc, Vic.) has topped an elite eight-man field of Victoria’s top surfers to claim the second and final wildcard berth into the 2012 Rip Curl Pro presented by Ford.

In near-perfect 3 to 4 foot (1-1.5 meter) offshore conditions at Bells Beach, Muscroft defeated Jack Perry (27, Jan Juc, Vic.) in the final on Monday. Muscroft unleashed a powerful assault of deep frontside rail turns on the long, roping walls on offer at Bells, racking up a pair of 8-point rides. He would finish the final with highest total heat score of the trials, a 16.67 (out of a possible 20 points), putting him out of reach of fellow Surf Coaster and good mate Perry, who finished with a combined total heat score of 13.4.

“It was a tough heat,” Muscroft said of the final. “Jack was ripping all day. He’s my best mate and we surf together all the time. Unfortunately only one of us could move on.” Muscroft, currently ranked No. 27 on the Association of Surfing Professionals world rankings, won every heat on his way to capturing the trials. It was his third trials victory at the Rip Curl Pro.

“Today was one of the better days at Bells in a long time,” Muscroft said. “It was good to have a man-on-man heat out there. I’ve never surfed a trials heat at the Bowl before, usually we’re at Rincon. The CT guys were probably pretty jealous watching us surf man-on-man out there today.”

Muscroft will face Taj Burrow (33, AUS), fresh off a victory at the first ASP World Tour stop of the year at Snapper Rocks, and rookie sensation Kolohe Andino (17, USA) in Round 1 of the main event.

The Rip Curl Pro is presented by Ford, in partnership with the Victorian Government, Telstra, Tooheys Extra Dry, Jim Beam, Sea-Doo, Skullcandy, Surf Coast Shire, Tracks, Fuel TV, Ozmosis, Official Forecaster Coastalwatch Plus and co-managed by Surfing Victoria.

The 51st Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford will run from April 3 – 14, 2012 and will be webcast LIVE via www.live.ripcurl.com, and broadcast live on Fuel TV in Australia and Portugal, ESPN in Brazil and MCS Extrême in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, Africa and Mauritius. You can also watch the event live via the Rip Curl Live Events iPhone app, available free in the iTunes App Store.

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 5: Taj Burrow (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), TBA
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Brett Simpson (USA), TBA
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 8: Gabriel Medina (AUS), Mick Fanning (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Damien Hobgood (USA), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 11: Alejo Muniz (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 12: Heitor Alves (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Laura Enever (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Lakey Peterson (USA), Nikki Van Dyke (AUS)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA), Justine Dupont (FRA)
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Sarah Mason (NZL)