Location, Location, Location
When the waves march in from the south, the winds blow from northwest, and it’s Easter, you know which direction to look — Bells. The second contest of the 2018 WSL Championship Tour kicks off this week at Bells Beach, just outside of the quiet surf town of Torquay, Australia. It’s there that the world’s top men and women descend the fabled Bells stairs, paddle out into the hallowed Bells Bowl, and rip a wave that surfers have been ripping for 50 years in hopes of ringing The Bell. Our crew will be there — you guessed it — with bells.
The waiting period for the 2017 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is from March 28 – April 8. Torquay, Australia is six hours behind America’s West Coast, so log on to worldsurfleague.com just after lunch to root for the Monster squad!
Owen Wright: Owen’s silky power and precision timing is well suited for the tricky Bells Bowl. Watch him light the fuse on his bottom turn and explode in the lip.
Griffin Colapinto: The rookie was positively on fire at Snapper, unfazed by the pressure of his big debut. He even got a 10!
Conner Coffin: We think we’ve jinxed Conner in the past, predicting huge results on waves that mirror Rincon, in his hometown. So we’ll just say, “Good luck, Conner!”
Filipe Toledo: If you see fins popping out of the water, that’s not a shark, it’s Filipe, bringing a modern flair to a traditional wave.
Frederico Morais: The big guy brings big power to a big stage. He’ll likely be hearing Hells Bells on final’s day.
Tyler Wright: Tyler’s been at Bells since Snapper wrapped, practicing her wraps. She’s looking sharp!
1. How’s the forecast look? Pretty good! It’ll likely be a proper Easter Weekend event window.
2. Who’s off to the best start? That would be rookie Griffin Colapinto, who finished equal third on the Gold Coast, blitzing beyond already lofty expectations.
3. Why do they keep saying, “You’ve got to win it to ring it.” Because you can only ring the trophy (a bell) if you win the comp. Big no-no to try and do it, otherwise.