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Lay day for Rip Curl Pro while swell slowly builds

Stephanie Gilmore yesterday at Bells Beach © ASP/Cestari
Stephanie Gilmore yesterday during Round 1 © ASP/Cestari



Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour
Bells Beach, Victoria Australia
16 - 27 April 2014

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Swell forecast to build in next few days

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 April, 2014 - Bells Beach - The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Stop No. 3 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, is on Standby. A lay day has been called today and the next call is at 6:30 a.m. local time (AEST) on Friday, April 18. Coastalwatch is forecasting the swell to build in on Friday and Saturday out of the west southwest.

A slow building trend in WSW groundswell commences at low levels on Thursday and picks up to stronger 3 to 4ft at Bells Beach by Friday morning. A significantly larger round of long period WSW groundswell fills in on Saturday, peaking in the 6 to 8ft range at Bells as early SW winds ease and tend W during the day. The tail end of this pulse maintains large, clean surf on Sunday under lighter WNW winds and this is reinforced by another strong, albeit smaller pulse of WSW groundswell on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd April. 

Thursday 17th April: 

SWELL: New, small SW groundswell fills in during the day. SURF: Inconsistent sets around 2ft at Bells Beach early, bumping up to 2 – 3ft during the late afternoon. WIND: Early light WNW tending light and variable ahead of SE sea-breezes 5 to 10 knots during the afternoon. TIDE: Low: 0.36m @ 6.57am. High: 1.59m @ 1.45pm. Low: 0.62m @ 7.26pm. 

Friday 18th April:  

SWELL: SW groundswell peaks early. SURF: 3 – 4ft at Bells Beach early, bumping up to 3 – 4ft+ during the afternoon. WIND: Early WNW 5 to 15 knots tending SW 15 to 25 knots during the morning. TIDE: Low: 0.29m @ 7.35am. High: 1.66m @ 2.28pm. Low 0.59m @ 8.05pm.

Saturday 19th April:  

SWELL: New, long period SW groundswell fills in. SURF: Inconsistent sets to 5 - 6ft+ at Bells Beach early, rising to 6 – 8ft during the day and holding this size throughout the afternoon before easing later. WIND: Early SW 10 to 15 knots tending WSW and easing during the day, tending W into the afternoon. TIDE: Low: 0.24m @ 8.15am. High: 1.69m @ 3.09pm. Low: 0.57m @ 8.45pm.

Sunday 20th April

SWELL: Easing long period SW groundswell. SURF: 5 – 8ft at Bells Beach early, easing to 4 – 6ft during the day. WIND: WNW 10 to 20 knots tending W later. TIDE: High: 1.5m @ 3.00am. Low: 0.22m @8.55am. High: 1.69m @ 9.25pm.

Monday 21st March

SWELL: New, long period SW groundswell SURF: 5 – 6ft+ at Bells Beach. WIND: Light NW 10 to 15 knots, strengthening during the day. TIDE: High: 1.5m @ 3.41am. Low: 0.22m @ 9.36am. High: 1.66m @ 4.30pm.

Tuesday, 22nd April

SWELL. Mid period SW groundswell. SURF: 3 – 4ft+ at Bells Beach. WIND: Early W 15 to 20 knots tending WSW during the morning and SW late. TIDE: Low: 0.54m @ 5.32am. High: 1.39m @ 12.12pm. Low: 0.69m @6.00pm.

Wednesday 23rd April:  

SWELL: Leftover SW groundswell. SURF: 3 – 4ft at Bells Beach, easing during the afternoon. WIND: Early light WNW tending light and variable, then ENE 5 to 10 knots during the afternoon. TIDE: : 1.44m @ 5.08am. Low: 0.31m @ 11.02am. High: 1.55m @ 6.00pm.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 1 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Nat Young (USA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Jacob Willcox (AUS)
Heat 7: Michel Bourez (PYF), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 10: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Owen Wright (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS), John John Florence (HAW), Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 12: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Round 2 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Zoe Clarke (AUS)
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
Heat 5: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 6: Laura Enever (AUS) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)

Dave Prodan

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