Walking down to the grandstands and the official area
Every Easter I take down a quiver for myself and a few extras. This year had boards for some of the pro guys hope they are up to scratch
The south coast down past Lorne has beautiful unspoilt beaches not far off the great ocean road. This is raw open ocean water and for the most part is too big to hold the banks. It is probably the thing I like the most about this coast, the possibility that if it is flat in Torquay you can drive around the corner and possibly find uncrowded surf
Many banks on the long beach down south this one looked good with only 4 guys on it
The bank was pretty perfect allowing me to give the Face Dancer semi gun 7’0 20 2 11/16 round pin a good run. This board travelled to Noosa without being surfed, but has had a workout in WA and now Victoria.
Meanwhile back at Bells the contest was on allowing Jordy Smith to unleash the beast at the Bowl
The good thing about the Bells event is Winki Pop quite often out doing Bells during the course of Easter. It does tend to get crowded so for me that means surfing at Lower Winki or getting out the big timber, in this case my 7’6 20 2 7/8 vee bottom swallow tail board, to give me an edge on the wide sets. The big sloping faces of Bells and Winki can allow you to surf a longer board and still fit in and not feel like you are missing out. I think you can see it in the texture of the wave in this image a nice vertical face in the top half of the wave but a sloping face through the bottom half.
John Ellis relegated to beach commentary a thankless job but definitely thirsty work. I think John, Shaun Doherty and the rest do a good job rambling on for hours and days.
Contest Consultant Adam Robertson and new son Teddy at the beach. Nice that the ASP hire some local knowledge to help get it right.
Mick Fanning leaving the surfers and officials area situated at the top of the Bells Beach stairs after a good days work.
The walk back to the Winki Car Park on your way out of Bells. Tom Whitaker on the right and Sebastian Zietz left heading back to Hawaii after a long 6 weeks in Australia.