Ah, Bells. Is there a place with more surf history that cops more shit from viewers? Doubtful. Rio, perhaps, takes more shit (literal shit), but it does not have the fortune of being the world’s longest-running pro contest or having a trophy that Kelly Slater called “arguably the best trophy you can win in surfing.”
Anyhow, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is officially underway, and the forecast looks somewhat promising. “As predicted, wave heights have increased and conditions are clean, so we have moved back to our primary location of Bells Beach for our second day of competition,” said WSL Commissioner, Kieren Perrow on Saturday morning. “We are going to complete the remaining four heats of men’s Round 1 and continue into men’s Round 2. We are also putting women’s Round 2 on standby for a possible start. It is going to be a big day of competition here at Bells.”
This event, as you well know, is Mick Fanning’s swan song. He’s rung that bell four times already, and it is a fitting place for him to call it quits. It was 2001 where he won his first Bells title as a teenage wildcard, so if he manages to win it again this time around, things will have come full circle. Fanning’s not too worried about it, though. “I’m not too fussed [about winning],” Fanning said. “I just want to go out there and put on a good performance.”
Surfline, the WSL’s forecast partner, is calling for a solid SW swell to continue through the weekend, with Saturday as the peak. Favorable wind conditions for at least the mornings. More sizable swells stacking up for next week to keep surf elevated, with the next one due Mon/Tues. Conditions next week are looking pretty good as well.
Keep an eye on the event over at Worldsurfleague.com