Jordy Smith: quietly winning heats | Photo: WSL/Cestari

Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina survived Round 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2015, in the three-foot surf on offer at the Victorian break.

Seven heats were completed, and a world surfing champion went down. But it wasn't Slater, who managed to steal two 8-point waves from his opponents to confirm the highest heat total of the day and a place in Round 3.

"I watched a couple of heats before to try and judge which waves were the best ones. I didn't catch my wave until 10 minutes, but it was a pretty good wave and then I was in sync for the good ones," explained Slater.

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Alana Blanchard: surfer, model and business women | Photo: Rip Curl

Alana Blanchard is ready to embark on a new business project. The surfer from Kauai decided to open a high fashion action sports agency for male and female surfers.

Opportunities are right around the corner. Alana Blanchard is one of the most successful surfer models in the world. With over three million followers in the social networks, her image sells bikinis and all beach-and-sun related products and services.

Now, she has no time to lose. The Hawaiian bombshell understood there was a missing link in the surf industry market and decided to put on the executive blazer.

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Bells Beach: find your spot | Photo:

Bells Beach is one of the best surf peaks in Australia. The cold water spot located 100 kilometers southwest of Melbourne offers a long explosive right-hander that will test your rail game skills.

Despite being a crowded peak, Bells Beach has plenty of waves for all levels of surfing. On a classic day, all you've got to do is run down the stairs, paddle out, and get lucky. You may well catch the wave of your life.

Bells Beach will make you draw different lines, from wave to wave. In the Australian gem, you'll learn from every ride; you'll test different attack strategies. If you're an aerialist, leave your arsenal at home. This is a carving center. And by the way: mind the tricky rip currents and stay triangulated.

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