Bells Beach is on the Surf Coast about 10 minutes south of Torquay. Bells offers excellent sightseeing as the beach is in an amphitheatre formed by surrounding cliffs. A series of reefs cause large swells to slow and steepen into the spectacular surf that made Bells famous as one of the world’s great surfing beaches and home to the oldest professional surfing contest in the world, Bells RipCurl Pro.
The competition celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 with the best surfing conditions for many years and many past winners of the event returning.
Joel Parkinson won the men’s competition for the third time in superb two metre waves.
“It’s incredible,” Parkinson said. “It’s not so much the fact that I’ve won the event, but more so that it’s the 50th anniversary. It feels that much more special. We’ve had such good waves too. I can’t remember the last time that Bells had such good waves. I’m so excited. I can’t believe this.”
Sally Fitzgibbon won the women’s event.
“This is so overwhelming. It’s been a long journey for me to finally win and this is incredible. I can’t feel my arms or legs and I’m just trying to keep from crying right now. It’s been a really long time coming and I want to thank all the girls for pushing me as well as all my family and friends who have supported me over the years.”
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