‘Special feeling’ – Robinson home for Bells Pro

March 26, 2024 7:53 am in by
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Hometown favourite India Robinson is looking forward to getting into familiar waters as the Bells Pro gets underway.

The 23-year-old from Jan Juc has spent much of her life surfing at Bells and Winki, the fourth stop on the World Surf League’s Championship Tour (CT) that’s been called on this morning.

“Everyone I think that has watched me kind of grow up, they’ll be down there to support, so it’s a pretty special feeling when I come in and see them there,” she said.

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India Robinson (centre) at the press conference prior to Bells comp (ED SLOANE/World Surf League)

Robinson has been back on the CT tour for 2024, competing at both events in Hawaii and Portugal (where she made it through to the Round of 16), and says the Victorian leg of the tour is widely regarded as one of the best.

“No matter like where they’re from, they always say that they look forward to this event the most,” she says of her tour mates.

“That makes me a pretty proud Victorian.”

Bells Beach is the fourth stop on the WSL CT tour (ED SLOANE/World Surf League)
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Robinson has drawn American Lakey Peterson and Hawaiian Bettylou Sakura Johnson in her opening round of Heat 5, following the all Aussie match up of Heat 3 where another local talent is competing against the worlds best.

Fresh from winning her wild card entry to the Pro, Ellie Harrison finds herself up against the number one ranked Molly Picklum, and Isabella Nichols.

Another Jan Juc local Tully White faces a similarly daunting opening round this morning, drawing Heat 6 against top ranked men’s surfer Griffin Colapinto from America, and Australian Jacob Willcox.