BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Sunday, March 31, 2013) – Solid surf in the six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) is steaming through Bells Beach this morning and event organizers have called Round 2 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford ON, commencing at 7:45am.>
Stop No. 2 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will look to complete the whole of Round 2 as well as potentially the opening 10 heats of Round 3 today in pristine Easter Sunday conditions. In addition to the men’s event, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach has whittled the field down to the final two surfers, Tyler Wright (AUS), 19, and Carissa Moore (HAW), 20, who could potentially battle it out for the crown today.
“Surf is solid this morning and we’ll commence competition at 7:45am,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “We’ll begin with Round 2 of the men and have put the women’s Final on standby for a possible start this afternoon. We also have the first 10 heats of Round 3 on standby for a start as well. Good luck to all our competitors today.”
Up first this morning will be Taj Burrow (AUS), 34, up against Jacob Willcox (AUS), 15, in the opening heat of Round 2.
The 2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will be webcast LIVE via www.live.ripcurl.com and broadcast live on Fuel TV in Australia and Portugal, ESPN in Brazil and MCS Extreme in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland and Africa. You can also watch the event live via the Rip Curl Pro iPhone app, available free in the iTunes App Store.
CoastalWatch, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, have called for: A strong increase in long period SW groundswell arrives over the Easter long weekend, peaking on Sunday morning under moderate to strong WSW winds before gradually easing throughout Monday.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Jacob Willcox (AUS)
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Jack Perry (AUS)
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Oney Anwar (IDN)
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 10: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 11: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH FINAL MATCH-UP:
Tyler Wright (AUS) VS. Carissa Moore (HAW)
The Rip Curl Pro is presented by FORD with partners the Victorian Government, Momentum Energy, mophie, Tooheys Extra Dry, Jim Beam, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Telstra, Surf Coast Shire, Surfing Life Magazine, Fuel TV, Ozmosis, Nova, CO2 Australia, Coastalwatch Plus and co-managed by Surfing Victoria.