Bells Beach: heaven on Earth

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is celebrating the 50th anniversary. The second stop of the 2011 ASP World Title season is about to kick off and the world’s best surfers are already gearing up for the contest.

From April 19th through 30th, the the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach will also hit the Australian water. "It's going to be a very exciting Easter at Bells Beach this April, with some special events planned to celebrate the amazing half-century anniversary of the Rip Curl Pro and the Bells Beach Easter Rally," Brooke Farris, Rip Curl International Event Manager, said.

"This year's event will really be a 'gathering of the tribe', with each of the world's best ASP surfers keen to etch their name in the history books by winning the anniversary Bell and most of our former competitors and past champions in Torquay to re-live many of the amazing moments and stories they created over the past 50 years."

The fifty years of the Australian surfing jewel will will be attended by the best surfers in the world and by surf industry execs. "Bells Beach not only holds a special place in the hearts of Australians but well within the global surfing community as a whole," Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said.

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Habitat 67: the Montreal river wave | Photo: Corran Addison

Habitat 67 is Canada's most famous standing wave. Located in the Lachine Rapids, in Montreal, Quebec, the ride attracts surfers from all over the world.

The static wave breaks right in front of a futuristic residential block planned by the famous architect Moshe Safdie, in 1967. Habitat 67, the surf spot, is a fast-flowing river wave that is enjoyed by surfers, bodyboarders and kayakers.

This challenging wave can build up to two metres high. Upriver, surfers can find an alternative: "Big Joe" is also surfable and endless rides are available.

There are more than 500 local surfers. The Montreal surfing community discovered Habitat 67 in 2002 and, since then, thousands have been testing its qualities. Watch how is it to surf at Habitat 67, in Montreal.

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Crab Island and Doolin Point: another great wave under threat

The Doolin Point, one of the best waves in Europe, may be pumping world class rides for the last months. The local councilors voted unanimously in favor of a new pier at Doolin, in the Clare County, in Ireland.

The new construction will destroy the Doolin Point and Crab Island, two prime surfing destinations. In addition, surfer will be put in danger, as they will have to paddle from inside the pier, in the near future. Ferries and new currents will add extra difficulty to water sports.

The final conclusions of the wave modeling prove that the pier will have a deep impact in the quality of the wave. The 32 councilors know that, but decided to end surfing in the region.

The Doolin pier will be funded with EU support and the local environment will be largely affected when construction work begins within four to six months.

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