• Italo Ferreira Rings the Bell at Bells Beach

Italo Ferreira Rings the Bell at Bells Beach

"Im just so happy. I’ve been working so hard over the last few years…It’s an unbelievable feeling." -Italo Ferreira on an epic run to his maiden tour victory.

Huge congrats to Italo Ferreira, who has defeated Mick Fanning for the win at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach! He nailed an 8.33 and a 7.33 to lock things up for the title in aback-and-forth final at the Bells Bowl.

Italo spoke on what it meant to be in the water with Mick in the final, "This guys like a hero for me. He’s inspired me every single day...and is one of my favorite surfers in the world...I just want to say thank you to Mick for everything."

Today’s victory is Italo's first on the CT and vaults him up to T-1 ranking on the WSL Tour leaderboard.

In addition to taking out Mick Fanning in the final event of his career, Italo's giant-slaying freight train ran through fellow Brazilian countrymen Filipe Toledo & Gabriel Medina. His hard work and dedication is paying off, and he has become one of the most explosive surfers in the business and is looking as dangerous as ever. We can't wait to see what else this weapon has in store this season.

The next stop on the 2018 WSL Men's Championship Tour is the Margaret River Pro which begins on April 11th.