Bells Beach
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Difficulty 6

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Break frequency 7

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252 days a year

Standard Wave

Wave Direction

Swell Direction

2.5m - 3.0m Swell

Wind Direction

Tide

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Username: Ben

Date created: 04/01/2008

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There are few, if any, surf locations around the world with the sense of history, significance, and aura that surrounds Bells Beach. By today’s standards, the wave itself may be out-classed by neighbouring Winki Pop, but don’t be fooled into thinking Bells is an average wave. At six to eight foot (double to triple overhead), Bells is classic. 

The wave has three sections. Rincon, at the top, picks up more swell than the other sections, and is therefore popular on smaller days. When the waves are headhigh, Rincon produces nice walling right-handers. Once the wave reaches six foot (double overhead) and bigger, it turns into a big fast moving barrel that will eventually close out before it reaches the next section, The Bells Bowl.

The Bowl is the most popular section of the break. At three foot (head high), The Bowl is a fun wave, with a few flat sections that can be frustrating for surfers riding short-boards. At six foot (double overhead) and bigger, The Bowl is a big, powerful walling wave, ideal for big carving turns and the odd barrel. As the waves get bigger the pack sits wider, and rides can go for 100m plus before reaching the shorebreak.

The last section of the wave is the Shorebreak, it is usually nothing more than a closeout. When the surf is big, the shorebreak becomes very heavy and should be negotiated with caution.

Over the Easter period, Torquay and Bells Beach become a hive of activity, as surfing’s world tour rolls into town for the Rip Curl Pro. Bring your beanie and ugg boots, by this time of year it’s starting to get cold!

Torquay and the surf industry go hand-in-hand, and both Quiksilver and Rip Curl had their beginnings here during the late 1960’s. A small surf retail city has been created just outside the town centre, and the surf factory outlet stores are always popular with bargain hunters.

The Torquay Pub is the centre of night time entertainment in the area. The pub has a nice relaxed country feel about it, often with live music and, for the most part, hosts a laid-back crowd aged in their 20’s and 30’s.  

Bells Beach is a high quality surf break and a beautiful place in general. You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t make the pilgrimage down to Victoria at least once in your life. To paddle out into the cold water at Bells and lay down a couple of big carves on the face of this classic wave, whilst being watched over by the picturesque limestone cliffs, is pretty special.
 
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Wave length

100-200m

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21-49

Best months

March - October

Equipment

Short board, Long board

Wave type

Standard

Access

Standard Paddle

Hazards

Reef/Rock

5 Day Forecast

5 day forecast not available.

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1M / F6

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