ACTION at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach has been put on hold on Tuesday as organisers wait for more favourable conditions.
“The event is off for today,” said Kieren Perrow, WSL Competition Director.
“We have small swell and light, onshore winds. The conditions are not great. We will come back tomorrow morning for another call.”
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The lay day means organisers have only four more days left to finish both the men and women’s event before the competition window ends on Saturday.
Forecasts expect the swell to start building late on Wednesday, increasing to around 4-7ft on Thursday.
A solid new WSW/SW swell mix is expected to rise Friday to around 8-12ft and hang around through to Saturday morning before it starts to east again late in the day.
There are still plenty of Australians alive in the competition, including last year’s world title runner up Julian Wilson who is set to take on 11-time World Champ Kelly Slater in the first heat of Round 3.
Both surfers will bve looking to bounce back from poor performances on the Gold Coast.
Aussie stars Owen Wright, Mikey Wright, Jack Freestone and Adrian Buchan are also among those to feature in Round 3.
In the women’s event, 7-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore will take on fellow Aussie Kobie Enright in the Round of 16.
Sally Fitzgibbons will also line up against Malia Manuel.
The next call will be tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. AEST.
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Men’s Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 2: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
Heat 3: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Soli Bailey (AUS)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (FRA) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Caio Ibelli (BRA)
Heat 6: Mikey Wright (AUS) vs. Seth Moniz (HAW)
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Jacob Willcox (AUS)
Heat 8: Wade Carmichael (AUS) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Reef Heazlewood (AUS)
Heat 10: Willian Cardoso (BRA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 11: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 13: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 14: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 15: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 16: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Women’s Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 2: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 4: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 5: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Kobie Enright (AUS)
Heat 6: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 7: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 8: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) vs. Brisa Hennessy (CRI)