Rip Curl has announced that this year’s Rip Curl Pro presented by Snickers at Bells Beach will be the world’s first ever Carbon Offset ASP World Tour event.

The Rip Curl Pro has had a home at Bells Beach – the world’s only protected surfing reserve – for 36 years and Rip Curl has always prided itself on respecting Victoria’s surf coast and keeping the ocean and surrounding area clean.

This year’s Rip Curl Pro competition window runs from March 18 to March 29 and is Stop 2 on the 2008 ASP World Tour.

To achieve the Carbon Offset requirements, Rip Curl has teamed with CO2 Australia. Together, the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival will offset the greenhouse gas emissions that result from a number of energy-consuming activities during this year’s event. The carbon offsets will come from forest sinks managed by accredited provider, CO2 Australia.

The activities that will be offset are:

1. On-site energy consumption during the event

2. Competitors’ travel to and from the event

3. Officials’ travel to and from the event

Once the Rip Curl Pro is completed, CO2 will accurately calculate the emissions from each of these above-mentioned activities and announce the result.

As an additional sign of its commitment to the environment, Rip Curl will be donating $0.50 from every Rip Curl Pro entry ticket towards a donation fund to Greening Australia. Spectators at the Rip Curl Pro will have the opportunity to donate money to this fund.

Rip Curl Australia Marketing Manager Nick Russell said: "Rip Curl is stoked to working with CO2 Australia to reduce the carbon footprint of the Rip Curl Pro. We have a long history as a company in driving awareness and actions of key environmental issues and we see this as a great step forward and something we remain committed to doing well beyond the 2008 Rip Curl Pro."

Check out the Rip Curl website for full details.