... and when it hits Bells Beach it'll turn into the biggest surf this planet has ever seen
Even though Victorian born and bred, our first exposure to Bells Beach was via Point Break. In hindsight, we wish that we hadn’t thought the outdoors were toxic and made the Bells pilgrimage sooner: those waves are impressive, man.
In light of that, we’ve got a suggestion for this Easter long weekend: ditch the couch surfin’ egg binge and watch the folk who know how to hang ten during the Rip Curl Pro. Now in its 54th year, it's the world’s largest and longest-running pro surf event and it's about as famous as the beach itself (plus there’s the prospect that you may be able to check out Kelly Slater and he’s a babe – no guarantee mind).
The Rip Curl Pro's important in terms of the surfing's world stage: the event forms part of the broader World Surfing League Schedule and Men and Women's Championship Tours (ie. for the grommet, it's a leg in how they rank the best surfers globally).
The prize money's crazy at $525K US (again, we rue not being the outdoor kind). No wonder competition's fierce. Mick Fanning won again last year – the dude's taken out the challenge three times already: let's see if he can do it again.