Bells Beach Classic – A Tradition
9 April 2023 @ 8:00 am – 16 April 2023 @ 5:30 pm AEST
Bells is the second stop of the Australian leg on the Men’s Championship Tour 2021. Formerly known as the Bells Beach Classic, Australia is the oldest contest on the schedule. In fact, it’s the longest-running pro event in the world.
Founded in 1973, they’ve been crowning champions at Bells for over 40 years. Every morning starts with AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” blaring over the sound system calling the competitors and spectators to the beach. The weather and ocean conditions can be temperamental, ranging from idyllic, six-foot bombs on the West Bowl to serious victory-at-sea storms.
The closest town is Torquay, which is considered the birthplace of Australia’s surfing industry. Both Rip Curl and Quiksilver got their start there back in the early ’70s. The Surf World Museum is located in Torquay and is Australia’s biggest surf museum.
And no trip to Bells would be complete without a jaunt down the always-impressive Great Ocean Road. As picturesque drive as you’re apt to find anywhere in the world, pull into coastal towns Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, and Lorne for a uniquely Aussie experience.