The second stop on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, is one of the most coveted titles on Tour.
The iconic right hand point break hosts the longest running professional surfing competition in the world. Since its inauguration in 1962, the winners of the Bells Beach Pro reads as a who’s who in professional surfing.
While every event on the championship tour has its own prestige, the Bells Beach Pro is unique and aside from winning the world title and the Pipe masters it is the most coveted event. Every aspiring professional surfer wants to stand up there and ring the bell after victory.
Mick Fanning is the reigning champion of the Bells Beach Pro and after a quarter final finish at Snapper Rocks he is going to be looking to ring the bell for the second year in a row
Bells Beach is a classic Australian wave, a long right hand point break that has many sections. Bells is notoriously difficult to surf, the water is colder than many of the pro are used to, the peaks shift and the rips can pull you out of position without you noticing. The surfer that wins the event is always ready, fit and at the peak of their game. Winning Bells is a statement to the circuit, “I’m here and I’ve just won Bells, you had all better watch out.”
One of the wildcards for this event has been awarded to Hawaiian surfer Mason Ho, newly signed to Rip Curl. Mason Ho, who is currently ranked 16th on the qualifying series, is more than used to the pressure of high profile events and is eagerly anticipating competing at Bells.
“I really want huge Bells, the bigger the better; extra drama.” Mason Ho continued to say “I just want to pick nice waves, slam the lip and ride all my good waves up the beach. I’ll be going into it super happy just having a chance, and I feel blessed to be a part of such a solid company like Rip Curl.”
The Bells Beach Pro is the second stop on the WSL CT tour for both the men and the women. After what has been described as the strangest event ever at Snapper Rocks, QLD the Rip Curl Bells Beach Pro is sure to be entertaining for all.
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will be held from Wednesday April 1 to Sunday April 12, 2015. Watch the unparalleled adventure, competitive drama and athleticism of professional surfing showcased live at WorldSurfLeague.com.
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Kai Otton (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW), Italo Ferreira (BRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS), Freddy Patacchia Jr. (HAW), TBD
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Matt Banting (AUS), TBD
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF), Nat Young (USA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 10: Josh Kerr (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 11: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Owen Wright (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 12: Julian Wilson (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Dimity Stoyle (AUS), TBD
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 5: Tyler Wright (AUS), Johanne Defay (FRA), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Coco Ho (HAW)