Lay day called at Bells Beach

Small well has forced another lay day at Bells Beach, the day after a thrilling final in the women’s event.

Rip Curl Pro organisers are hopeful they will be able to resume competition on Wednesday and Thursday, with a slight pulse in swell on the way.

“We were anticipating a slight drop in swell today, but it has dropped off quite a bit here at Bells Beach,” said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow.


“There is a substantial increase in swell expected for tomorrow and then fading out on Thursday. Although the winds are not looking ideal tomorrow, they look more favorable Thursday. With our current forecast, we are aiming to have competition wrapped up by Thursday.”

When competition gets back underway, non-elimination Round 4 will see the world’s best surfers compete to skip straight through to the Quarterfinals and avoid elimination Round 5.

Current World No. 2 Owen Wright will match-up against Caio Ibelli and Frederico Morais in the opening heat of Round 4.

All eyes will be on Heat 2, with three-time World Champion Mick Fanning up against reigning WSL Champion John John Florence and fellow Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz.

Brazilian charger Filipe Toledo will need to get through his heat against countryman Adriano de Souza and 2017 CT Rookie Ezekiel Lau in order to earn a spot in the Quarterfinals.

Wiggolly Dantas has already surpassed his best result of the season, but will look to continue his run as he comes up against Joel Parkinson and Jordy Smith in the final heat of Round 4.