Mick Fanning: four Bells in the pocket | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Mick Fanning conquered his fourth Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach title, after defeating Adriano de Souza in the 2015 final.

The Australian and Brazilian surfers finished their tenth match-up with the same heat total - 15.27 points each - but it was Fanning who celebrated because in a tiebreak situation the highest single-wave score (8.17) wins the clash.

It was the first time a World Championship Tour final has ever been tied. Fanning is now tied with Kelly Slater and Mark Richards with four Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach wins each, the most in the event's history.

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Jaws: will it pump for the Big Wave Tour? | Photo: Red Bull

The World Surf League (WSL) announced the schedule for the 2015/2016 Big Wave Tour (BWT). Mavericks, Dungeons and Nazaré are out of the equation.

There will be five events in the American continent, a stage set for Hawaii and a stop in Europe. The 2015/2016 Big Wave Tour has no big surprises in the pocket for the second season under the WSL umbrella.

"The enhancements made to this upcoming season are designed with one goal in mind - run as many events as possible in the largest surf on offer. We’re excited about the addition of Puerto Escondido and Lincoln City as full-fledged members of the 2015/2016 BWT season," explains Peter Mel, BWT Commissioner.

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Josh Kerr: doing great things at Bells Beach | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Kelly Slater and Joel Parkinson are out of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2015. The quarterfinalists have been decided.

In the clash of the event, with less than five minutes remaining, the 2014 ASP World Tour champion rode a smaller inside wave without priority, rapped three turns to land a 7.17 and the win over Slater.

"That was pretty close. It was a tough heat against Kelly, I knew it was going to be hard. I'm stoked to be in the quarters; it's a tough event, and I'm looking for a solid result here," said Gabriel Medina, who won six out of 11 heats against the Floridian.

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