Bells Beach: a storm in heaven

Bells Beach is a renowned surf beach located 100 kilometers southwest of Melbourne, near the towns of Torquay and Jan Juc.

Bells Beach is the home of the world's longest-running surfing competition - the Rip Curl Pro - an event formerly known as the Bells Beach Surf Classic, which got started in 1961.

The pioneers of surfing in Bells Beach were Torquay locals Owen Yateman and Vic Tantau. They rode the first waves in the late 1940s.

This is probably the most important surf spot in the 35,876 kilometers (22,292 miles) of Australia's mainland coastline. It's the surfing capital of the land of kangaroos, with a low shark attack record.

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Cape Fear: not 'Ours', but theirs

When Captain James Cook first landed at Botany Bay, in 1770, he didn't imagine that the deadly break that hides inside it took almost 200 years to discover.

Cook first landed at Kurnell, on the southern banks of Botany Bay, on the 29th April 1770, when navigating his way around Australia on his HMS Endeavour.

The explorer's landing marked the beginning of Britain's interest in Australia. The interest in surfing would only emerge in December, 1914, when the legendary Hawaiian Olympic champion, Duke Kahanamoku, introduced the sport in the country.

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