The longest running event on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, is ready to rock the waters of the Southern Ocean once again.
This fully mobile contest defines the ASP Dream Tour concept with no less than five separate world-class locations on offer to host heats. If the swell is pumping, all eyes will be glued to the long, sloping walls of the Bells Bowl, and the fast, rippable faces of Winki Pop which offer perfect canvases for the ASP Top 34 men and Top 17 women to showcase the two opposing facets of the sport: pure, on rail, power surfing, and the more adulterated, aerial oriented, fins free attack.
No matter which style wins out, one thing is for sure, the surfers who hold the coveted trophy over their heads and ring the bell at the end of the contest will be some of the best in the business. The list of past event winners is dominated by former world champions: Mark Richards, Tom Carroll, Tom Curren, Martin Potter, Mark Occhilupo, Sunny Garcia, Damien Hardman, Andy Irons, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning.
Defending event champion and World #2 in 2011, Joel Parkinson, will be looking to defend his title and use another victory here to boost his campaign to win an inaugural World Title. This will also be a very emotional edition, as the world’s best pay homage to a legend of the sport and 3-time Bells winner, the recently deceased Michael Peterson.
All the action kicks off in the pubs of downtown Torquay and in the line-up at Bells Beach on April 2nd. Nothing beats experiencing Bells in the flesh but everyone can follow the drama as it unfolds via the live feed at live.ripcurl.com.
-Posted by EpicTV Surf Editor, Dave Mailman