Sean Doherty

Senior Writer, SURFER Magazine

4.10.15

Features

Hells Belles

What does Carissa Moore's win at the Rip Curl Pro tell us about women's surfing?

There was a sausage sizzle going on at Bells today. Not the metaphorical kind–it was the women’s final day–but up in the judges booth a tray of sausage sandwiches were brought out to celebrate the departure of Max Wells, Bells long serving contest director, who’s been feeding the cheap and dubious Australian staple to contest

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4.8.15

Features

Brilliant Nothings at Bells

Mick Fanning defeats Adriano De Souza at the Rip Curl Pro for his fourth Bells trophy

We saw the future of surfing today, and their names were…Mick Fanning and Adriano De Souza?! Yes, it’s hard to believe that in this era of the 24-hour surf-star cycle, in a week where we’ve anointed Filipe Toledo as the most revolutionary surfer since John Florence last week, we’ve gone back to where it all

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4.6.15

Features

Disposable Heroes

A new guard takes hold at Bells

As I sit here scratching away at the keyboard, John John Florence is surfing and no one seems to care. It sounds as crazy as it is. There is a rabid mob outside–largely Brazilian teenagers but of several stripes and creeds–gathered around Filipe Toledo. The young Brazilian replaces a young Hawaiian who replaced another young

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4.5.15

Features

The Resurrection

Round 2 runs and Matt Wilkinson rises at Bells

I remember the first morning Wilko rolled into the surfer’s area for his first heat on tour at Snapper Rocks. He literally did roll in, wearing a pair of second-hand rollerblades and a top hat he jived in ready to add some life to what was an increasingly bland pantomime.

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4.1.15

Features

Still Ringing

The Rip Curl Pro at Bells is a glorious slow burn

As we watch on, Mason takes off on the Rincon boil, races, then launches a huge inverted frontside air. Thing was everything we love about Mason’s surfing. Pops watches on, head already in the heat. “Yeah, but it’s gonna be tough against the champ,” he cools. “Well,” I offer, “he’s gonna have to knock the champ out. You don’t beat the champ on points.”

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3.26.15

Photos

Best of Bells

The five greatest Bells surfers of all time, according to Maurice Cole

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3.13.15

Features

New Royalty on the Gold Coast

Filipe Toledo takes the Quik Pro trophy, and Carissa Moore claims the Roxy Pro crown.

Now with Gabe Medina as Tahiti and Fiji and World Champ and Filipe Toledo the new champ of Snapper Rocks, I for one welcome our new Brazilian surfing overlords.

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3.11.15

Features

The Mouse That Roared at Snapper Rocks

High drama unfolds at the Quik Pro

You’ve seen Ghostbusters right? The scene where the people of New York becomes so downright eggy with each other that a river of ectoplasmic ooze starts flowing beneath the streets, the bad vibes bubbling away under the city, the whole place just waiting to blow? Well, today the whole show at Snapper blew. A fresh

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3.11.15

Features

Tropical Torpor

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast slogs through Round 2

Mick needn’t have worried. If the bantamweight conditions made him vulnerable, it was far worse for Dane Reynolds. Mick zinged down the point, joining the dots and looking great, while Dane went looking for sections that weren’t there. Mick won easy.

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3.3.15

Features

Gilmore Survives

Reigning World Champ Stephanie Gilmore narrowly avoids Round 2 loss at the Roxy Pro

Already having suffered one shock loss due to the anaemic conditions in round one, Steph faced another one at Snapper Rocks today that would have knocked her out of her own contest, the first contest of the season, in straight sets. But Snapper Rocks came to her rescue inside the last minute, and gave her the wave she needed to breeze past wildcard Bronte Macaulay.

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