The Groms were the only satisfied customers at Bells Beach in Victoria this morning as another lay day was called for the men’s comp.
After organisers checked conditions at 7.30am, the junior girls in the International GromSearch hit the water at around 8.15am and the boys followed soon after. Organisers are reassessing conditions as Echonetdaily goes live this morning, the updated call at 10.30am today was for an 11 am start for Rip Curl Women’s Pro Round 1. Round 2 will be on stand-by.
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford called a lay day for competition yesterday morning, the opening day of the event, with only small 1–2ft surf on offer at the primary venue of Bells Beach.
The second and third stops respectively on the 2013 men’s and women’s ASP World Championship Tours (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, continues the hunt for the highly coveted world surfing crowns and will commence competition in the coming days.
Rich Porta, ASP International head judge, was down early yesterday looking for waves. ‘There is not much on offer out there this morning so we’ve called competition off for the day,’ he said. ‘According to the charts, however, it looks like we’re in for some good looking surf here in the coming days and we’ll be back tomorrow morning to reassess conditions.’
Coastalwatch, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, are calling a good weekend: ‘The first few days of the waiting period will be a little on the small side and a little inconsistent, but the Easter long weekend is shaping up as nothing short of excellent.’
RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Laura Enever (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW), Paige Hareb (NZL), Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW), Lakey Peterson (USA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS: Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Oney Anwar (IDN)
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA), Jack Perry (AUS)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Adam Melling (AUS), Jacob Wilcox (AUS)
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 9: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Travis Logie (ZAF), Nat Young (USA)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 11: Owen Wright (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF), CJ Hobgood (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA)
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