Surfing waves of history at Bells Beach

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Bells Beach: a storm in heaven

Bells Beach is a renowned surf beach located 100 kilometers southwest of Melbourne, near 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 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.

The natural amphitheater and unique point-break ensure an amazing show at Bells Beach, comprised of several breaks, including The Bowl, Outside Bells, and Rincon.

The Bowl, the steep final section of the wave, is the main break, with Outside Bells producing a long, fast, even wall when the surf gets above six feet.

Rincon is predominantly a high-tide wave and runs closer to the rocks. Johanna and Winkipop offer alternatives if necessary.

Winkipop often works better under more diverse conditions than the other nearby breaks.

Bells Beach: a limestone cliff overlooking the wave

When to Ring the Bell

However, the big swells and offshore winds common here help show off Bells at its best on a regular basis.

This is, however, a tricky wave. You won't find many barrels, but there are plenty of wave faces to be challenged.

The best season to surf Bells Beach is between March and October, with the Southern Ocean storms delivering solid surf.

Australia's most famous surf spot is a right-hand reef wave, and it breaks on almost any tide.

Bells Beach has starred in many movies. "Point Break," "The Endless Summer," "Free Ride," "Evolution," and "Surf's Up" feature the Australian surfing jewel in all its glory.

Get on the Great Ocean Road and prepare to ride the wave of a lifetime. Ring the bell at Bells Beach.

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