Our Backyard – Torquay

Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro Rolls into Town

Bells Beach has been hosting surf competitions for more than 50 years, making it the most renowned spot our raw and rugged southern coast of Victoria. The list of event champions is a veritable who’s who of surfing icons, including many World Champions. Surfing’s greats have a way of dominating Bells. Mark Richards, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning all have four Bells trophies; Michael Peterson and Sunny Garcia, three; While Simon Anderson, Tom Curren, Joel Parkinson, Andy Irons, and Damien Hardman each grabbed two.

The story is similar on the women’s side. Lisa Andersen and Stephanie Gilmore have four Bells titles; Layne Beachley and Pauline Menczer, three; while Kim Mearig, Sally Fitzgibbons and Courtney Conlogue have two. The wave itself is a wide open canvas, where surfers have been carving their signature moves into the hearts and minds of the many Torquay surf fans for decades as reported by the WSL.

The 57th running of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will take place from March 28 – April 9, 2018. Featuring a world class field including Mick Fanning, Steph Gilmore, John John Florence, Gabriel Medina, Sally Fitzgibbons, Nikki Van Dijk and Kelly Slater, the event is a celebration of surfing in the spiritual home of surfing in Australia. Tickets can be purchased at the gate from the opening day of the event (March 28, 2018). Festival Pass: $25 Day Pass: $10 Kids Under 16: Free All Surfing Victoria Members and 3228 residents receive free entry into the event.

I love the Bells Beach Pro as it’s an opportunity for our amazing coastline to shine on a world stage. Fingers crossed the surf is pumping.

Have a great weekend.






Ben Jackson


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