Ranked 14th in the world at the end of last year and only missing out on qualification for the Women’s World Tour by 3 spots, Van Dijk will come up against the best female surfers in the world including 5x ASP World Champion, Steph Gilmore and last year’s runner up Sally Fitzgibbons.
Mr Delahunty said Van Dijk was a worthy addition to this year’s outstanding line-up of Rip Curl Pro competitors.
“One of the many reasons the Victorian Government is proud to support the Rip Curl Pro is that the event provides opportunities for young local champs like Nikki to shine on the world stage in their own backyard,” Mr Delahunty said.
“That’s why the Victorian Government is also a sponsor of the Victorian men’s wild card event, the Wingman Trials, which are an integral part of the Rip Curl Pro and provide another local with a chance to win a coveted spot to compete at the Rip Curl Pro.
“That’s more opportunity for young stars like Nikki to do us proud on the world stage,” he said.
Van Dijk has had an incredible 2012 juggling year 12 commitments and surfing on the Women’s ASP World Qualifying Series whilst taking out the ASP World Junior Championships at Keramas in Bali.
“Its so fun because I’ve got the wildcard the last few years through the trials, but I’ve been really young so it will be good to be a bit older and stronger to compete against the other girls” said and ecstatic Van Dijk.
“It’s awesome to be representing Rip Curl, Surfing Victoria and the whole state. I’m just really excited to surf Bells again with only a few other people out.”