Reigning ASP World Champions Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 25, survey the conditions this morning at Bells Beach. Gilmore will kickstart her campaign today in Round 1 of the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach.
BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Thursday, March 28, 2013) – Round 1 of the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford has been called ON this morning, commencing at 11am in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at the primary venue of Bells Beach.
Event No. 3 of 7 on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach recommences the hunt for the 2013 world surfing crown and the world’s best female surfers will kickstart their respective campaigns this morning at one of the most iconic breaks in the sport.
“Conditions have improved significantly since earlier this morning with the assistance of the incoming tide and we’ve called the women’s Round 1 on at 11am,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “We will aim to complete the six Round 1 heats today and have placed Round 2 on standby for a possible start this afternoon. Good luck to our competitors today.”
The 2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will be webcast LIVE via www.live.ripcurl.com and broadcast live on Fuel TV in Australia and Portugal, ESPN in Brazil and MCS Extreme in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland and Africa. You can also watch the event live via the Rip Curl Pro iPhone app, available free in the iTunes App Store.
RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Laura Enever (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA) Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA) Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW), Paige Hareb (NZL), Sofia Mulanovich (PER) Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Rebecca Woods (AUS) Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW), Lakey Peterson (USA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA) Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA) Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Willian Cardoso (BRA) Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Oney Anwar (IDN) Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA), Jack Perry (AUS) Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Adam Melling (AUS), Jacob Wilcox (AUS) Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Tiago Pires (PRT) Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Dusty Payne (HAW) Heat 9: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Travis Logie (ZAF), Nat Young (USA) Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Filipe Toledo (BRA) Heat 11: Owen Wright (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Glenn Hall (IRL) Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA)
The Rip Curl Pro is presented by FORD with partners the Victorian Government, Momentum Energy, mophie, Tooheys Extra Dry, Jim Beam, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Telstra, Surf Coast Shire, Surfing Life Magazine, Fuel TV, Ozmosis, Nova, CO2 Australia, Coastalwatch Plus and co-managed by Surfing Victoria.