Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Wildcard Joe Van Dijk

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Wildcard Joe Van Dijk 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Wildcard Joe Van Dijk 2015

Bells Beach wildcard Joe Van Dijk

Joe Van Dijk has won the trials and will surf against Gabriel Medina and Matt Banting in Round 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach finalized its event roster with the addition of Phillip Island’s Joe Van Dijk, winner of the men’s trials. Currently ranked No. 17 on the men’s Junior Qualifying Series, Van Dijk, a powerful and progressive regular-footer, will surf in his first CT event with the support of his sister, women’s CT rank equal No. 9 Nikki Van Dijk. -more-

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Jimmicane’s Passion Picks 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Jimmicane's Passion Picks 2015

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2015 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Pick ‘em
The Elite: Toledo, Fanning
The Grinders: Jordy, Medina, JJF, Slater
The Strugglers: Bourez, Otton

Maybe consider
The Elite: ADS
The Grinders: Kolohe
The Strugglers: Mason

With seeding this wacky, enjoy it while it lasts and create your very own Dream Team.

– Jimmicane -more-

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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Nick Carroll’s Preview

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Nick Carroll’s Preview 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Nick Carroll's Preview 2015

Nick Carroll’s preview

Nick Carroll takes a look at the veterans, the rookies and who to keep an eye on at Bells.

Favourites: Toledo, Mick, Julian, Medina
Don’t miss: Jordy, JJF, Slater, Wilko
Potentially lethal: Owen, Pupo, Parko, ADS, Kolohe, Taj
Dark horses: Italo, Nat, Wiggolly

It’s been three years since someone won back to back CTs (guess who…yep, Kelly, in 2012), and while multiple winners during a year aren’t uncommon, double-ups are–probably because to pull it these days, you’ve gotta win too many heats running. Regardless, we reckon Filipe’s as good a chance as anyone, given his scorching form and the nature of the surf forecast. You need to be super psyched to win a small Bells, and he is. Julian got very close to the Bell last year and has a better grip on the winning formula this year. Fanning is in excellent form with an excellent quiver and many years of succeeding here; while he is vulnerable to a hyperactive air master or backside spray-thrower, he’s still a good bet in a town where he feels so at home. And Gabriel, hell, he is Gabriel. Chances of him blowing another event entry the way he did at Snapper, we reckon, might be as close to zero as it gets.

– Nick Carroll -more-

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Ross Williams’ Pundit Picks

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Ross Williams’ Pundit Picks 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Ross Williams Pundit Picks 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ‘em, sit ‘em list for the 2015 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the second stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

Start ‘Em: Mick, Jordy, Melling
Sit ‘Em: Pupo, Hall, Asing
Darkhorse: Bede

First and foremost: Get your forecast on! If you intend to nail your picks for Bells you’ll need to be on top of conditions. The contest takes advantage of a variety of breaks based on tides, so a surfer who would normally excel in one kind of break may end up with poor results if the event changes location. Bells’ four options for breaks include the Bells Bowl, Winkipop, Rincon and Johanna.

We won’t know for sure where the comp will run until each morning’s call, but here’s a crude scale with which to guesstimate: Lots of big swell, think Bells Bowl. Mediocre swell, think low-tide Bowl and high-tide Rincon. Small-to-weak swell think Winkipop. No swell at all think Johanna. My picks are based on mediocre swell, which is the most likely scenario based on the current forecast.

– Ross Williams -more-

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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Wildcard Mason Ho

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Wildcard Mason Ho 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Wildcard Mason Ho 2015

Bells Beach wildcard Mason Ho

Rip Curl has announced that Mason Ho will join the top 34 at Bells Beach.

Hawaii’s Mason Ho is preparing to take on the world’s best next week at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia, as the recipient of the 2015 Rip Curl wildcard. -more-

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Groundswell’s Pundit Picks

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Groundswell’s Pundit Picks 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Groundswell's Pundit Picks 2015

Groundswell’s detailed write-up

Groundswell, the Fantasy Surfer forum moderator, lays down his Hot & Cold Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach pundit picks for 2015. For his detailed write-ups and other WSL contest picks, check out his forum posts.

HOT: Fanning, Jordy, Toledo

COLD: Simpson, Jadson, Freddy-P

BOOM OR BUST: Dusty, JJF, Banting

CAUTION: Parko, Slater, Goofyfoots

– Groundswell -more-

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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Seeds & Heat Draw

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Seeds & Heat Draw 2015Here are the seeds and R1 heat draws (row=heat) heading in to the 2015 WSL Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

1. Gabriel Medina 24. Matt Banting 36. Joe Van Dijk
2. Mick Fanning 23. Fred Patacchia 35. Mason Ho
3. John John Florence 22. Italo Ferreira 34. CJ Hobgood
4. Kelly Slater 21. Sebastian Zietz 33. Ricardo Christie
5. Adriano De Souza 20. Kai Otton 32. Brett Simpson
6. Taj Burrow 19. Wiggolly Dantas 31. Jeremy Flores
7. Jordy Smith 18. Adrian Buchan 30. Keanu Asing
8. Michel Bourez 17. Nat Young 29. Dusty Payne
9. Joel Parkinson 16. Miguel Pupo 28. Glenn Hall
10. Josh Kerr 15. Bede Durbidge 27. Adam Melling
11. Filipe Toledo 14. Owen Wright 26. Jadson Andre
12. Julian Wilson 13. Kolohe Andino 25. Matt Wilkinson

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Ross Williams’ Pundit Picks

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Ross Williams’ Pundit Picks 2015

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Ross Williams' Pundit Picks 2015

Ross Williams’ picks

Ross Williams gives his start ‘em, sit ‘em list for the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at Snapper or Kirra.

Start ‘Em: JJF, Julian, Dusty
Sit ‘Em: ADS, Freddy-P, CJ
Darkhorse: Banting

Snapper Rocks is a perfect example of why picking winners come with nuances. Sure, the wave is epic, but it doesn’t exactly lend itself to everyone’s strengths. It has a camouflaged takeoff zone in that it’s difficult to pick the right wave. The difference between the second and third wave in a set can be the difference between a midrange score and a 10!

Not every wave hits the sand perfectly and that’s where the locals have an advantage. The wave is tough to read. Surfers need to know when to speed up and slow down, when to hammer a turn and when to tuck into a pit. The wave demands your attention and makes you pay if you have poor timing or if you use a forced rhythm. Tides are also a huge influence at Snapper. Many surfers will — or at least they should — have two types of boards with them on the Gold Coast: One for high tide, which can be fat and mushy, and one for low tide, which is dredged-out with very little room in the pocket.

– Ross Williams -more-

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Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Jimmicane’s Pundit Picks

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Jimmicane’s Pundit Picks 2015

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Jimmicane's Pundit Picks 2015

Jimmicane’s Passion Picks

Surfing Magazine’s Jimmicane gives his passion picks for the 2015 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at Snapper or Kirra.

Pick ‘em
The Elite: Fanning, Parko
The Grinders: Kolohe, Owen, Julian, Toledo
The Strugglers: Dusty, Ferreira

Maybe consider
The Elite: Medina
The Grinders: Nat
The Strugglers: Wilko

If you’re playing a game of word association and the topic is the Gold Coast, I’ll be damned if the first thing out of your mouth isn’t Mick Fanning. Kelly might be Pipeline Jesus — and he’s certainly Cloudbreak Jesus — but Mick is officially Superbank Jesus.

– Jimmicane -more-

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