Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia hosts the second stop on the WSL World Championship Tour, with a first-time contest winner atop the Men’s rankings and a familiar face for the Women’s tour ready to claim victory on the iconic point break once again.
With four breaks to choose from around the point – the Bells Bowl, Winkipop, Johanna and Little Rincon – the contest has plenty of options to choose from, no matter the conditions.
High-flying Filipe Toledo (BRA) comes into Bells atop the world rankings, after winning on Australia’s Gold Coast at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and a perfect 10 against Julian Wilson (AUS) in the final.
Three-time world champ Mick Fanning (AUS) won his third Bells trophy in 2014 and is a threat here once again, as is Kelly Slater (USA), John John Florence (HAW), Taj Burrow (AUS) and last year’s world champ, Gabriel Medina (BRA). Jordy Smith (ZAF) is another to watch during the Men’s contest, as are Australians Joel Parkinson and Bede Durbidge.
On the Women’s side, Carissa Moore (HAW) rang the bell last year and the two-time world champion enters Bells leading the Women’s World Championship Tour ahead of 2014 (and six-time) world champ Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). Gilmore is a three-time winner at Bells, and is likely to be there to the end. Others to keep an eye on in the Women’s event are familiar faces: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), currently ninth in the world, as well as Tyler Wright (AUS), tied for third in the rankings with tour rookie Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), already off to a blazing start in her first full year on tour with a third place finish on the Gold Coast.
Solid swell is hopeful at Bells, as Surfline shows 4 feet WSW surf through the first week of the contest, before larger waves are likely the second week to the end of the waiting period.
The waiting period for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach runs April 1-12. Catch the live feed here.