Vote: Who should surf in the Bells Beach 50 Year Storm Invitational?

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Voting for the Bells Beach 50 Year Storm Invitational has started and runs till Saturday May 15.

Vote for the top 30 people that you want to see compete in the best waves at Bells between June 1 and August 31. 

The event will see Shaun Brooks honoured, as a field of family, friends, local surfing royalty and big-wave chargers paddle out for a one-day invitational contest at Bells. Shaun, a former World Junior and Victorian Open champion, took his own life in 2012 after a long battle with mental illness.

Mental health should be in the forefront of all our minds after the spread of Coronavirus worldwide. Talk to your mates, and ask the hard questions. Please, if you feel this way, reach out to your friends or one of our partners for help. The Bells Beach 50 Year Storm aims to raise funds and awareness for Mental Health.

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Trentslatterphoto Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 10:51am

i think dan ross

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Thunderbox Friday, 14 May 2021 at 4:15pm

Rossy x 2

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Standingleft Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 10:59am

Wayne Lynch

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OHBILLY Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 11:13am

Tom Curren.

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Glenn Kemp Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 11:16am

Greg Brown

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Bob Sacamano Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 11:17am

Barry Cornell

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Brian from Brissy Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 11:38am

Bender from Metro Boardriders.. he is really fat now but he still rips

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juegasiempre Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 11:45am

Bodhi!

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wally Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 11:50am

I’m surprised Maurice Cole isn’t on the list

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brutus Sunday, 16 May 2021 at 3:39pm

haha , I am pretty much hated by the local boardriders clubs and Surfing Vic....so no chance of getting start......good luck to all the boys , hope they have a great one!

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Bnkref Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 12:38pm

I couldn't see an option for Vic Local or Gary G?

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AndyM Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 1:34pm

Gary G will be just, you know, watching.

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Gary G Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 3:55pm

*Gary posts 'eyes' emoji

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indo-dreaming Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 1:06pm

Voted for two Island boys Simon Mcshane & Sandy Ryan both great guys that charge and rip.

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lost Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 4:07pm

They both charge and Sandy has to be one of the nicest and happiest guys in any line up.

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Goofy4 Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 7:23pm

Second that...

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goofyfoot Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 1:12pm

goofyfoot

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goofyfoot Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 1:34pm

Lol

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Gary G Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 3:52pm

Gary's rubbing off on you, Goofy

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AndyM Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 6:10pm

Fnarr fnarr

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goofyfoot Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 7:32pm

That’s a horrible thought

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belly Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 1:12pm

The entire cast from The Ultimate Surfer.

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Vic Local Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 8:20pm

I like where your heads at belly. And let's give the winner a wildcard for the next 5 Bells comps.

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Westofthelake Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 2:05pm

I don't know 30 surfers, let alone a Top 30.
I'd still like to vote for Stu, Ben, Craig and Jono...and goofyfoot

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maddogmorley Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 2:07pm

Laurie Towner

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lampy Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 2:28pm

Im not sure i would call Bells really a big wave.
Maybe genuinely 1 every 50 years it gets biggish
Good cause though

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megzee Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 2:37pm

Tommy Peterson......representing MP...

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WarriSymbol Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 2:40pm

Selim

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goofyfoot Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 2:50pm

That you Slim?

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D-Rex Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 3:46pm

Joe Turpel or Elo.

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dastasha Sunday, 16 May 2021 at 8:56am

Yo I was gonna say Strider

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lost Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 4:08pm

When was the last time they actually ran this event ? Feels like a lot of hype each year around the list but....

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Bnkref Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 7:18pm

I don't think it's ever been run

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Vic Local Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 8:28pm

A few years ago it was on standby and they called it off the night before. The following day it was falling out of the clouds.

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Gary G Friday, 14 May 2021 at 3:10pm

If Gary recalls correctly that was the huge raw day where Luke H (Kneelo) absolutely dominated the bowl and kicked off on one past the button? Gary watched from the hill; an incredible effort.

Big miss not to run on that day, you could see waves breaking from the Bells Boulevard / Bones Rd intersection.

Gary surfed a point east of TQ later that day. Blew the takeoff on his first wave, snapping his leash and endured a very long swim in. Recovered the board, miraculously.

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Vic Local Friday, 14 May 2021 at 3:51pm

Very true Gary G.
The buoys did lie a bit that day and it was significantly bigger than expected in the morning.
I reckon wetsuit companies should make suits with a little brown stripe at the back for days like those. It took a while to get rid of the skid mark.

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Bnkref Friday, 14 May 2021 at 5:38pm

I'd be happy to see that kneelo in the comp. Mix it up a bit.

I see Mark O is on the list. Don't know the guy aside from the odd g'day around Bells but he seems like an absolute frother and is always on the pick of them on the good days.

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Bnkref Friday, 14 May 2021 at 6:30pm

*Mark B

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Stok Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 10:08pm

Yeah, is this even a real event or a hypothetical?

There's been a few chunky swells of late which would suited.

Oh well.

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stunet Friday, 14 May 2021 at 7:33am

Worth watching the video to get some context around the value of holding the contest vs the opportunity to simply make mental health a mainstream issue via the opening ceremony and all the relevant discussions - including this one - motivated by the event (even if it's rarely held).

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lost Friday, 14 May 2021 at 8:59am

Thanks Stu - that was helpful. Cheers

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lost Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 4:12pm

Imagine if they put the list in alphabetical order to help find the people you want ? You can vote as many times as you want which seems a little silly.

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vicbloke Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 5:14pm

love to see Occy out there again

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Kham Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 7:24pm

No Brainer. Nicky Woods.

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Vic Local Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 8:29pm

Is he any relation to Nicky Wood or Tiger Woods?

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Kham Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 7:24pm

V's Mark Richards

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udo Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 7:58pm

Gary Elkerton

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Supafreak Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 8:07pm

Simon Anderson

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Agitator Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 8:45pm

Joe Blow most definitely!!!

Ralph The Bong as well....was a legend....name was plastered on every wall during the 70's

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seaslug Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 8:48pm

Dirk Edward Ziff

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southey Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 9:39pm

Vote 1 Camel .

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lostdoggy Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 10:00pm

I want a Geoff Rowley V Maurice Cole heat.

For old times.

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Weatherman Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 10:00pm

I think the invites should be local legends and chargers who have a genuine connection to the family and Bells area. Think Wayne Lynch, Greg Brown, Tony Ray, Donny Alcroft, Maurice Cole, Darren Wilcox, Cahill Bell Warren etc. Hopefully they don't wait for some huge swell that might not offer good conditions, a classic 6-8 ft day would offer a fitting spectacle and tribute.

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Waverider125 Friday, 14 May 2021 at 4:04am

Laurie Towner
plus the person or persons that the locals recommend

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Justonemore Friday, 14 May 2021 at 8:24am

Mick Fanning

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Goofy4 Friday, 14 May 2021 at 9:02am

If any out of Towners then the Tas HX brothers.....

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JMC Friday, 14 May 2021 at 9:08am

Richo

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ArtVandelay Friday, 14 May 2021 at 11:08am

Occy and Johnny Utah !!

"Utah ........ get me 2 !!"

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dazzler Friday, 14 May 2021 at 11:13am

Rod Brooks, let him use a ski

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MRsinglefin Friday, 14 May 2021 at 1:48pm

Laurie Towner

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dean maddison Friday, 14 May 2021 at 4:42pm

Sandy Ryan , Phillip Island.

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udo Friday, 14 May 2021 at 4:55pm

Edward Blackwell

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AndyM Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 7:23pm

That'd be entertaining.

Especially if he was full of piss at the after-party and the cameras were rolling the whole time.

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simba Friday, 14 May 2021 at 5:52pm

Glen Casey

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Bnkref Friday, 14 May 2021 at 5:53pm

That video is excellent. Great messages in it and some cracking footage.

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Brian from Brissy Friday, 14 May 2021 at 6:12pm

Seriously Bells .. why don't you just go down South..

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Westofthelake Friday, 14 May 2021 at 7:01pm

As above +1 Bnkref.

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morg Friday, 14 May 2021 at 7:12pm

Nick Wood should be on the list. Yes he won Bells once, but he’s had more than his fair share of demons and the Nicky Wood that I knew was (is) a great guy.

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Sheepdog Friday, 14 May 2021 at 7:18pm

Is Nick "Nicky" Wood still surfing? Youngest ever winner. Had battles with his own demons. Or what about Dave Reardon Smith? Lots of fantastic surfers that had issues. Both these guys were explosive

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tubeshooter Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 8:07pm

hell yeah sheepdog and morgs. Woodsy is legend. Just don't get in a rented Tarago with the maniac .

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Sheepdog Friday, 14 May 2021 at 7:21pm

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goofyfoot Friday, 14 May 2021 at 10:11pm

The Torquay/West Coast area has and has had so many great surfers over the years I personally think the invitees should all be locals. I understand having the bigger names or interstate people generate publicity for the cause which is fantastic but still I feel it should be locals comp.

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Goofy4 Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 3:16am

Second that

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Bnkref Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 3:35pm

x3. Local crew only would be ideal.

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Horas Friday, 14 May 2021 at 10:37pm

Voted for Chad Campling, don't know him but his 2 uncles are long time mates of mine so go Chad.G'day Ant (cheetah ) long time no see mate , hope all good in Warnambool . Elder uncle good mate in WA .Good concept , a comp I could actually watch, hope it runs at 15 ft cheers

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bluediamond Friday, 14 May 2021 at 11:40pm

Hellman McConachy. No brainer.

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Spuddups Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 7:09am

What about Camel. I know he's from WA, but he's probably the definition of an underground charger. He'd lend a bit of street cred to the event I reckon.
Then there's Andy Campbell from Tasmania. Pretty much Australia's Jeff Clark I reckon. Don't know what's become of him though.

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indo-dreaming Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 11:51am

Good call on Andy Campbell he use to charge harder than anyone he was the first to really surf Shipsterns he use to walk in a surf it alone.

He has been living in Bali for the last 20 years, still charges but seems his main interest now is filmmaking/photography, he was making a docco late last year in Sumba in his own words.

"a feature length documentary film in Sumba. Set in one of the most sacred villages in Lamboya, Sumba. A story about customary beliefs and how breaking the rules led to the village being cursed after the village was burnt to the ground, A story of ritual, black magic, murder, a crazy man in a cage, and how a family embarks on a journey with the village leaders to restore balance and harmony through sacred ritual."

He hasn't updated his FB or Instagram, so hopefully its still coming out.

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Spuddups Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 5:08pm

I travelled through Indonesia in '94 with a guy from Tasmania called Andy Campbell. He was a total charger, so I think it must be the same guy. We had one pretty epic big day at T-Land when he was absolutely going for it. Hard to put a size on it but I'd say it was ten foot+. Only a few of us paddled out. Still to this day the biggest waves I have surfed over there and that includes a certain West Java big wave spot. Later on he came over to NZ and we had some fun waves in Taranaki, Wairarapa and Raglan. I lost contact after that as he was probably sick of me by then haha!

Anyway, he's a top man, and it was no surprise to me when I found out he'd pioneered Shipsterns.

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Spuddups Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 6:37pm

That's him for sure. Cheers. By the way Indo, I reckon we've possibly crossed paths before. Lakeys in 94 and Krui in 2008.

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Bnkref Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 6:58pm

Spuddups, T-land must have been pretty quiet back then?

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Spuddups Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 7:04pm

There were about twenty surfers there. Pretty uncrowded most of the time. Was there for about three weeks and there were waves all day every day.

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Bnkref Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 7:22pm

Sounds great. I've been a couple of times but not for a few years now. Lots of crew around last time but quiet in the water once it hit around 6ft or bigger.

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Goofy4 Thursday, 20 May 2021 at 8:19am

It'd be a long, long, long shot for Campbell to fly into Vicco......solid surfer who understandably seems to value his freedom to the extent that he's stayed well clear of Tassie on hiatus for around a couple of decades......

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roondog Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 8:25am

Kong, Bryce Ellis

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Blowin Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 2:31pm

Heath Joske.

Tahlijia Redmond

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Roker Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 7:10pm

Excellent vid. Great concept to base a comp around. Hope they can run it this year.

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eastcoast65 Sunday, 16 May 2021 at 8:06pm

Lance Johnson- "he can really ride the nose, and his cut back is pretty damn good too."

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memlasurf Sunday, 16 May 2021 at 11:17pm

Troy Brooks?

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Elliedog Monday, 17 May 2021 at 5:36pm

Rod Cunthorpe???

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sunhil Monday, 17 May 2021 at 6:15pm

Local charger, ex world champion and the head of the Mucca Mad boys Blake Oakfield

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batfink Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 3:15pm

Can’t stand that alleged comedian.

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icandig Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 9:58pm

Agree. Re Chris Lilley....

BF - Wings like a shield of steel....what about this guy?

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Spuddups Thursday, 20 May 2021 at 5:56pm

Joker dropped in. Interference. Easy win for Batman.

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batfink Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 3:16pm

Great concept, and anything that helps blokes admit to being a bit down and learning to talk through what they are going through gets my vote.

Any local indigenous surfers who should get a guernsey?

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Gowest Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 3:44pm

Chris Ryan as long as his back holds up