All signs are that Kelly is probably going to show up at Bells Beach
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 March, 2012 : - - I guess you could say that posting a shot of Kellys Bells quiver gives away the mystery aspect that he may not show up at the event this year. Kelly + Bells forecast = 1. Points to a possible quick finish 2. Well overhead waves the first week of the event 3. Kelly currently posted up in OZ. All signs hes probably going to show.
This year, Kelly has spread out his quiver a little bit not necessarily in length but in widths. All boards with slight concave decks (instantly gives you that groove for your feet that sometimes takes days or weeks to happen naturally, as well gets you closer to the water line and really enhances the connection with your board). They range from 18 1/4″ for the lower tide pockety days or up the point towards Rincon to 18 3/8″. For the combo days as wide as 18 5/8″ for the high tide flatter faced smaller days. Bells is a flat faced wave so a little bit more width may be very helpful out there.
Margrets is a great wave to prep for Bells. The waves share many similarities and from the look of Kellys 58″ x 18 3/8″ 5 fin squash tail out there, he could opt for something very similar. If he does change it up, you may see him on a round pin epoxy version of that 59″ five fin (the round pin giving him a touch more hold than the squash and allowing for really clean sweeping or drawn out lines on his cutbacks and top turns which is optimum for the long walls of Bells).
He has also ordered a 60″ round pin 18 3/8″ x 2 1/4″ tapered at the rail with a little more volume, 2 3/8″ at the center for the biggest Bells days. The thickness under the chest will allow for easy paddling and wave catching on those days or heats that jet ski assist isnt an option or he just wants to sneak up the point and catch a wave underneath his competitor.
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Source: Channel Islands
Author: Travis Lee
Tags: Kelly Slater, Bells Beach, Channel Islands