Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
World Surf League Championship Tour Men's Event
World Surf League Championship Tour Women's Event
Bells Beach, Victoria Australia
April 12 - 24, 2017
Slowly building swell for Friday but onshore wind and poor conditions expected
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 April, 2017 - With only small surf on offer, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach has been called OFF for the day. The third stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) will look to resume later this week as event officials anticipate larger swell for the weekend.
“As we expected, conditions at Bells today are quite poor,” said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow. “The swell has dropped even further and the wind is coming from the South, which is not ideal. The good news is that forecasts suggest that it is only going to improve from here with swell increasing and winds becoming more favorable. With this in mind, we are going to call it off for today and come back tomorrow to see what we have.”
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 6:45 a.m. local time to reassess the conditions and make the next call.
Reigning WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) will battle CT veteran Jeremy Flores (FRA) and former CT ripper Glyndyn Ringrose (AUS) when competition gets back underway. Ringrose, who earned his spot in the event by winning the Visit Victoria Trials, will compete in a CT event for the first time since 2001.
Round 1 Heat 3 will be 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) facing Stuart Kennedy (AUS) and 2017 CT Rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA).
Current World No. 2 Owen Wright (AUS) will see Miguel Pupo (BRA) and 2017 CT Rookie Ezekiel Lau (HAW) in Round 1 Heat 2.
When competition resumes, up first will be defending event winner Matt Wilkinson (AUS) against three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) and Jadson Andre (BRA) in the opening heat of Round 1.
Surfline, official forecast for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, are calling for:
Slowly rebuilding surf Friday but onshore wind and poor conditions expected for the majority of the day. Fun size SW swell prevails Saturday with light wind, with larger SW swell Sun/Mon and continued light/favorable wind. A solid swell looks likely for mid next week, peaking around Wednesday, although wind does not look as favorable. There is now also some potential for more swell during the last three to four days of the waiting period.
The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL's Facebook page. Also check the local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal and as part of the EDGEsport Network.
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Mick Fanning (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Stuart Kennedy (AUS), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Nat Young (USA)
Heat 5: Kolohe Andino (USA), Jack Freestone (AUS), Samuel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Glyndyn Ringrose (AUS)
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 9: Michel Bourez (PYF), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Ethan Ewing (AUS)
Heat 10: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Frederico Morais (PRT)
Heat 11: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Conner Coffin (USA), Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 12: Julian Wilson (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)