BELLS BEACH, Victoria, Australia (Sunday, April 10, 2022) – The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the fourth stop on the World Surf League (WSL) 2022 Championship Tour (CT), has been called OFF for its opening day due to small surf on offer. Competition organizers will reconvene tomorrow, Monday, April 11, at 7:15 a.m. AEST to reassess the conditions and make the next call.
“We are excited to be back in Victoria for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL SVP of Tours and Head of Competition. “Everyone loves the Bells Bowl and Winkipop, and we cannot wait to get the competition started. Unfortunately for today, we’ve got small surf on offer and will be calling the competition off. We expect to have an uptick in swell with a bit of wind, so we are looking to possibly start tomorrow or the next day. We will come back tomorrow to check the conditions again and update everyone on the call.”
We Are One Ocean: Coastal Restoration at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
For the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the WSL teamed up on a We Are One Ocean coastal restoration project with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Surf Coast Shire Council, Shiseido, and local surfers from Surfers Appreciating the Natural Environment (SANE) to work together in healing the landscape. The restored areas and cliff tops are home to a wide variety of animals including echidnas, snakes, lizards, and the endangered Otways Rufous Bristlebird and Swamp Antechinus. The restoration includes planting, watering, and mulching in the area. This project aligns with the implementation of the Wadawurrung Country plan, the Coastal and Marine Management plan, and the UN Decade on Restoration.
To learn more about We Are One Ocean and activations, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com/PURE and WeAreOneOcean.org
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Women’s Opening Round 1:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA), Gabriela Bryan (HAW), Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Isabella Nichols (AUS), Alyssa Spencer (USA)
Heat 4: Brisa Hennessy (CRI), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Molly Picklum (AUS)
Heat 5: Johanne Defay (FRA), India Robinson (AUS), Luana Silva (HAW)
Heat 6: Malia Manuel (HAW), Tyler Wright (AUS), Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW)
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Men’s Opening Round 1:
Heat 1: Seth Moniz (HAW), Callum Robson (AUS), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Imaikalani deVault (HAW)
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA), Nat Young (USA), Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 4: Griffin Colapinto (USA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Mikey Wright (AUS)
Heat 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Samuel Pupo (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS)
Heat 6: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Lucca Mesinas (PER), Tully Wylie (AUS)
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Frederico Morais (PRT), Matthew McGillivray (ZAF)
Heat 8: John John Florence (HAW), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Jackson Baker (AUS)
Heat 9: Conner Coffin (USA), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Joao Chianca (BRA)
Heat 10: Kolohe Andino (USA), Jack Robinson (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 11: Miguel Pupo (BRA), Jake Marshall (USA), Deivid Silva (BRA)
Heat 12: Barron Mamiya (HAW), Ethan Ewing (AUS), Morgan Cibilic (AUS)
For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.
The Rip Curl Bells Beach holds a competition window through April 20, 2022. The competition will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and WSL’s YouTube channel, as well as the free WSL app. Check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.
The health and safety of our athletes, staff, and the local community are of the utmost importance and we have been working closely with local authorities to put a robust set of procedures in place to keep everyone safe. In accordance with local guidelines, only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed on-site, including spectators, and on-site masks are required when physical distance cannot be maintained.
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is proudly supported by our partners Rip Curl, Visit Vic, Red Bull, Shiseido, Oakley, Hydro Flask, Expedia, Surf Coast Shire, TAC, Bond University, Harvey Norman, Bonsoy, Boost Mobile, Oakberry, Dometic, Coopers, FCS, and Pura Vida.