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|In Victoria Australia, Bells Beach is about 50 miles SW of Melbourne and 20 hours ahead of HI Time (event could kick off midday Saturday in Hawaii).
Water Temps about 65 degrees and surf forecast looking promising for an early kick off. There are 2 possible Bigger Classic Bells swells late in the holding period this year (~17th + 19th).
WSL: The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is the longest-running surfing event in the world, dating back to the Bells Beach Easter Classic in 1973.
Bells Beach has been the proving ground for the greats, and the list of Bells champions corresponds pretty closely to the list of all-time great surfers.11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), event wildcard Fanning and surfing legends Lisa Andersen and Mark Richards have won the event four times each.
Australian icon, Gail Couper, is the surfer that holds the record for the most surfing trophies at Bells Beach.
After becoming the first female surfer to win an event at Bells Beach in 1964, Couper has won the Bells Beach trophy another nine times.
To this day, no surfer has been able to beat this record.
Bells Beach is also a sacred place, a place of cultural significance to the Wadawurrung people traditionally known as Djarrak.
To honor and respect the local community, every year The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach begins with a traditional Welcome to Country and concludes with Wadawurrung and local indigenous surfers presenting the winner’s trophy.
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Women’s Opening Round 1:
2019 Defending Champ will have this opportunity to make it back to back
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Men’s Opening Round 1:
For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.
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