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Decreasing swell & onshores force Lay Day for Bells Beach

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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

World Surf League Championship Tour Men's Event
World Surf League Championship Tour Women's Event
Bells Beach, Victoria Australia
24 March - 5 April 2016

Swell forecast down for next few days with improving winds

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 March, 2016 - The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach has been called OFF for the day due to heavy onshore winds and a decreasing swell on offer.  

“There are still a few waves today, but the wind has really come up so we are going to be off for today,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer. “We don’t need to be running in the howling onshore and smaller surf, so we are going to see what it looks like tomorrow.”

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 8am to assess the conditions and make the next call.

When competition resumes the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will witness exciting heavyweight match-ups in the men’s and women’s competition.

Men’s Round 4 will see a battle between current rankings leader Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) and event wildcard Mason Ho (HAW) in Heat 2. Heat 3 will host three-time WSL Champion and four-time event winner Mick Fanning (AUS) against Jordy Smith (ZAF) and 2016 WSL rookie Conner Coffin (USA).

Six-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) will battle Malia Manuel (HAW) in women’s Round 4 Heat 2. Gilmore will fight to comeback from her Round 4 exit at Snapper Rocks and continue to chase a 4th Bells Title. 

Surfline, official forecaster for the World Surf League, are calling for: Small mid period swell from the southwest falling slightly during the next few days. Light and variable south-southeast winds until Thursday and switching to the west-southwest. Small mid period swell from the west-southwest rising later in the later part of the week. Light and variable west-northwest winds later and switching to the south-southwest. Small mid period swell from the southwest holding during the day. Light and variable south-southeast winds with smooth seas.

 

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Nat Young (USA), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Mason Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Davey Cathels (AUS)

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1:  Alessa Quizon (HAW) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Heat 3: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 4: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)

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