Bells Beach: there is always a surfer riding waves here

Let's enjoy it while it's free. The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2012 is celebrating its 51th anniversary and you won't miss the online broadcast. Waves are fun, but the trophy is heavy. So, are you ready to ring the Bells?

Pro surfers want to do it. Taj Burrow will definitely be playing his home trumps at Bells, but he will have to face the dangerous Brazilian fleet of surf madness. Medina and friends are chasing world domination, Kelly Slater hides his cards.

Everything can happen in the iconic Australian surfdome. The arena will be pumping historical waves, according to surf reports. The outlook is absolutely brilliant.

The forecast broadly hinges on an active storm track affecting the far southern Indian Ocean through to Western Australian longitudes over the next week to ten days.

What's the secret of surfing in Bells Beach? Facing southeast, Bells is exposed to powerful, long-period Southern Ocean swell, yet is offshore in the northwest winds often associated with these weather systems.

Combined with a defined reef and deepwater bay, Bells has gained a reputation as one of the country’s big-wave spots. And while there have been plenty of big years in the history of the event, Victoria’s varied coastline offers plenty of backup venues for quality surf if the wind or waves aren’t cooperating.

Winkipop, The Button, The Bowl, Rincon, Centreside and Southside are the main peaks and right-handers are the daily menu.

Check the surf forecast for the Australian coast.

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