|Location:||Bells Beach, Victoria/AUS|
|Event window:||March 24 – April 5, 2016|
|Today’s call:||Men’s Round 1 called ON|
|Conditions:||3 – 5 foot (1 – 1.5 metre)|
BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Saturday March 26, 2016) – The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will recommence this morning with the second half of the Men’s Round 1 called ON for an 8:05 am start. Both the Men’s Round 2 and Women’s Round 2 have been placed on standby for a possible start today.
“Nice conditions on offer this morning and we’ll get underway with the remaining Men’s Round 1 heats at 8:05am,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “We’ve placed both the men’s and women’s Round 2 on standby for a possible start as well and we’ll monitor conditions closely before making a decision. Good luck to all our competitors today.”
The second half of the Men’s Round 1 will see heavyweight matchups, including current rankings leader Matt Wilkinson (AUS) against current World No.2 Kolohe Andino (USA) and Miguel Pupo (HAW).
Three-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach winner Joel Parkinson (AUS) will face fellow CT veteran Taj Burrow (AUS) and injury replacement Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in Heat 8.
John John Florence (HAW), recent Eddie big wave winner, will face a returned-to-formJordy Smith (ZAF) and Jadson Andre (BRA) in Heat 12.
Up first this morning will be eleven-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA), Kai Otton (AUS) and 2016 WSL rookie Alex Ribeiro (BRA) in Round 1 Heat.
The event is also being carried by our LIVE broadcast partners Fox Sports Australia, CBS Sports in the United States, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Edgesport, Sky NZ, Sport TV, Canal + Deportes, Channel Nine, MCS, Starhub, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable 250 & 1250 in Hawaii.
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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Remaining Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Taj Burrow (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 9: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Miguel Pupo (HAW)
Heat 10: Nat Young (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Matt Banting (AUS)
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Chelsea Tuach (BRB)
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA) vs. Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 6: Keely Andrew (AUS) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)