BELLS BEACH, Victoria/Australia (Wednesday, April 4, 2012) – Pumping three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves are steaming through Rincon and the Bells Bowl this morning, prompting event organizers to recommence with the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger at 7:15am.
Event No. 2 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour season, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach completed the opening nine heats of Round 1 yesterday and will look to finish Rounds 1 and 2 today and potentially Round 2 of the women’s event, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Fiesta.
“Conditions are significantly bigger and cleaner this morning and the men will start at 7:15am,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “We’re looking at completing Round 1 and Round 2 of the men’s event and have put the women’s Round 2 on standby for later this afternoon.”
Up first this morning will be Michel Bourez (PYF), 26, Damien Hobgood (USA), 32, and C.J. Hobgood (USA), 32, in Heat 10 of Round 1.
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will be webcast LIVE via http://live.ripcurl.com
When women’s competition resumes, up first will be Coco Ho (HAW), 20, and Rebecca Woods (AUS), 27, in Heat 1 of Round 2.
Coastalwatch Plus, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, are calling for a succession of strong WSW groundswells emanating from this activity are inbound across the region – peaking early today, followed by a second building in later Thursday and holding good size early Friday.
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REMAININING RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Damien Hobgood (USA), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 11: Alejo Muniz (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 12: Heitor Alves (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) vs. Justine Dupont (FRA)
Heat 5: Paige Hareb (NZL) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Pauline Ado (FRA) vs. Sarah Mason (NZL)