Bells Beach

Rip Curl Pro 2016 - Early forecast

Craig Brokensha

The early forecast for the Rip Curl Pro is looking great, with back to back swells and favourable winds.

Rip Curl Pro: The outlook has improved

Craig Brokensha

Good news for the Rip Curl Pro: the surf forecast has just got a whole lot better.

Rip Curl Pro Bells: Updated Forecast

Craig Brokensha

The Rip Curl Pro forecast still looks grim, but there are small glimmers of hope within the waiting period.

Swell abounds for Easter 2014

Craig Brokensha

It has to be said, if you don't score decent waves this Easter, you're not trying hard enough!

The Australian continent will be bathed in swell ranging from the large and dangerous in Western and Southern Australia, to the still solid but more sublime on the East Coast.

Buoys Follow One Direction

Craig Brokensha

Victoria's Surf Coast is uniquely positioned with a broad swell window to the southwest, however incoming swells are refracted as they round Cape Otway. This narrows the apparent swell direction at the coast, so when viewed from shore the majority of swells appear to arrive from the south. So how can you tell if there's a westerly swell or a southerly swell running through Bass Strait if they all appear to be arriving from a similar direction at the coast?

Rip Curl Pro Bells: Early Forecast

Craig Brokensha

Early indications are very promising and there's even a good chance for a solid swell over the Easter break.

Flying On A Forecast

The Long Wave Trough had parked itself in perfect position, sending a large long-period sou-west groundswell towards the state, and the weather forecast was superb with light offshore winds and sunny skies.

A Victorian State of Mind

After a slow summer the Great Surf Coast Swell Drought recently broke providing classic conditions to Bells and Winkipop. By classic I refer not so much to the quality but rather the weather under which it broke. The swell was accompanied by a typically Victorian array of atmospheric conditions: moody clouds, squally rain, golden light and the obligatory rainbow.

Russell Charters planted himself on the headland capturing the surfers and their surrounds.

Early Bells forecast: Fine but not all time

Craig Brokensha

There'll be plenty of swell, but not from Bells' ideal direction.

How does it feel?

and lastly, a big clean drop that makes the whole exercise worthwhile. All photos by Gary Parker.// STUART NETTLE To see more of Gary's photos click on his blog.

Parko's Bells Gallery

Stu Nettle
Parko was the form surfer of the Rip Curl Pro

Mick Fanning's Bells Beach Scrapbook

Stu Nettle
Fanning was the form surfer on his side of the draw