Australian surfer Jack Robinson has tied the knot with Brazilian girlfriend Julia Munoz in an intimate ceremony in Western Australia.
According to Stab Magazine, Robinson and Munoz were hitched over the weekend with family and friends watching on via video link.
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Muniz, a fellow surfer as well as model, posted a photo of the pair kissing on Instagram with the caption: “We did it.”
She also posted another of the pair hugging, writing: “I’m so happy.”
Robinson, a rookie on the World Surfing League’s pro tour, has previously spoken about how his two-year relationship with Munoz made him a better surfer.
“She’s great, Julia’s really supportive,” Robinson told Wavelength.
“She does a lot of modelling and stuff, she lived in LA before, and now she comes with me on a lot of the trips.
“She keeps an eye on me, with eating well and training good, it just keeps the motivation alive.”
With Muniz by his side, Robinson took out the Vans World Cup of Surfing in Hawaii last December.
“Jack and Julia’s relationship has corresponded with a palpable and impressive improvement in Jack’s self-confidence, maturity, attitude — and the results have spoken for themselves,” according to Stab.
New format for surfing tour from next year
The WSL recently extended the postponement of events because of the COVID-19 pandemic, while at the same time announcing a major overhaul for future tours.
“As frustrating as it is, at this point the status of the 2020 Championship Tour and all of our (other) events is still unknown but we will work with all authorities on the possibility of returning to the line-up,” Chief executive officer Erik Logan said.
“Prior to COVID-19 we had been working very hard on how we would evolve the Championship Tour and the more we worked on this transformation, it became clear that this pause due to COVID allows us to accelerate these changes.”
Logan said last year’s end to the season, where Brazilians Italo Ferreira and Gabriel Medina went into the final heat of the final tour event in Hawaii with the title still at stake, showed that surfing needed to have a grand final every year.
“We were very fortunate that all the elements were aligned for it to happen but it is not every year that we get a dramatic world championship decider," he said.
“But starting next year, the champion will be determined in a single day of competition on the last day of the season.”
Logan said more details of this post-season surf-off would be announced in July but he added that finishing top in of the regular tour rankings would ensure a major advantage.
Surfing will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games next year.