Bells is the second stop on the Men’s Championship Tour 2019. Formerly known as the Bells Beach Classic, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia is the oldest contest on the schedule. In fact, it’s the longest running pro event in the world.
Founded in 1973, they’ve been crowning champions at Bells for over 40 years. Every morning starts with AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” blaring over the sound system calling the competitors and spectators to the beach. The weather and ocean conditions can be temperamental, ranging from idyllic, six-foot bombs on the West Bowl to serious victory-at-sea storms.
The closest town is Torquay, which is considered the birthplace of Australia’s surfing industry. Both Rip Curl and Quiksilver got their start their back in the early ’70s. The Surf World Museum is located in Torquay and is Australia’s biggest biggest surf museum. And no trip to Bells would be complete without a jaunt down the always-impressive Great Ocean Road. As picturesque drive as you’re apt to find anywhere in the world, pull into coastal towns Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, and Lorne for a uniquely Aussie experience.
Highlights from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2018 Finals Day:
Head to the surf town mecca of Torquay about 1 hour and 20 minutes drive south from Melbourne (104 km’s) along the M1. Once you get to Torquay follow the signs south out of town to the start of the Great Ocean Road and you’ll get to Bells Beach only 9 minutes out of town depending on traffic.
There are plenty of options to stay in Torquay from campsites to Airbnb’s. You can also stay close to Bells Beach in Jan Juc. Head to the map below for all the accomodation deals doing the Rip Curl Pro.
There are so many epic surf spots starting from north of Torquay all the way down the great ocean road to Lorne. Hop in a car and discover perfect points, reefs and beachies after watching the pros do their thing at the comp.
It’s worth checking out the Australian National Surfing Musuem in Torquay not to mention the bars and restaurnts in town. Check out the Easter Pilgrimage to Bell Beach Guide to keep you entertained.
The Rip Curl Pro will be held from April 17 – 27, 2019.
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