John John Florence: he won the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach for the first time in his career | Photo: Cestari/WSL

John John Florence and Courtney Conlogue claimed the 2019 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia.

The event witnessed the biggest and most challenging ocean conditions seen since 1981.

The finalists of the 58th edition of the iconic surf contest were greeted with six-to-eight-foot waves and had to put their best physical health to the test.

Florence is back in top shape and managed to win the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach for the first time in his career. The Hawaiian defeated an also in-form Filipe Toledo and raised the legendary trophy.

"It's surreal to win an event that started at Winkipop with small waves, then got big yesterday and totally perfect today," expressed the two-time world champion.

"It was the most testing finals day of my career. I just tried to surf my best and focus on myself, and it worked out."

On the women's side, Courtney Conlogue secured the first win at Bells Beach. The surfer from Santa Ana, California, beat Malia Manuel in a tight match-up.

"I tried to contain my 'grom froth' watching the waves all day. The conditions were amazing, and to come back with a Perfect 10 felt amazing," concluded Conlogue.

The next stop on the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour is the Corona Bali Protected. The event window runs from May 13 through May 25 in Keramas, Indonesia.

2019 Rip Curl Pro Bells | Finals

1. John John Florence (HAW) 14.30
2. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.83

1. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.83
2. Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.84

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