Swell forecast looking promising for Bells over Easter Weekend

Tom Higson Tom Higson

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Steph Gilmore yesterday during Round 1 © ASP/Cestari

With only small, inconsistent surf on hand this morning, another lay day has been called today at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. But Coastalwatch is forecasting the swell to start building today and especially Saturday out of the west southwest, thanks to the arrival of a significantly larger round of long period WSW groundswell, peaking in the 6 to 8ft range at Bells. The tail end of the pulse should maintain large, clean surf on Sunday with lighter WNW winds.

And Easter Monday will then see a new, long period SW groundswell, albeit a little smaller, accompanied by light winds.

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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)

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