CAPE Paterson’s Steve Noble won his second TOLL Victorian Open Title at Bell’s Beach on Saturday.
Competitors were greeted with 3-4ft of groundswell and light offshore winds at the well-known break for the final round of the state wide series.
Noble entered the event leading the ratings and did enough to solidify his lead and claim the title four years after his previous win.
Placing second in the final, Noble finished the year on 3720 points in front of Jack Perry (Jan Juc, VIC) who finished on 3460 points.
Perry was unable to make it past Round 2 at Bells Beach.
“It’s good to win another state title, especially after coming so close last year,” said Noble.
“This year I felt a bit fitter so it was nice to win because I’m not getting any younger.
“Any time you get to surf Bells with three other people in the water is special, and you can never surf this place enough.”
Noble will now get a direct seed into the final round of the Rip Curl Pro Trials for a shot at making the Main Rounds of the World Tour event.
“The standard of surfing in the trials is so high, it’s hard to put it all together to get that one spot, but I am looking forward to it,” Noble said.
Taking out the Bells Beach round of the series was local, Cahill Bell-Warren; Bell-Warren finished on a heat total of 12.37 points (out of a possible 20) in front of Noble’s 10.13 points.
In the women’s events it was won by India Robinson (Jan Juc), followed by Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc).
Phillip Island’s Sophie Fletcher was third with 3460 points.