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SURFER SPOTS: BELLS BEACH

| posted on July 22, 2010

The Place
The most publicized and renowned wave in Victoria. It is host to the Bells Beach Easter Classic every Easter. Bells is a righthand reef/point break that is best around 6-8′, but like Winkipop can be surfed up to 15′+ as it was in the 1981 final of the Surfing Classic. Bells can be surfed on any tide and is best with a NW wind. Best season is winter for surfing Bells, and most breaks in this area.

The Surf
The surf in Southwest Victoria has a certain mystique to it. Constantly changing weather conditions mean a placid day with clam weather can suddenly turn into a rainy storm-ridden day. The surf in Southwest Victoria is far
from calm. Between Barwon Heads and Lorne many breaks are often crowded as both day trippers from Melbourne and locals take advantage of the surf. Southwest of Lorne the crowds begin to thin out and the surf becomes larger and the conditions more rugged. From Cape Otway to Port Fairy some of the biggest surf in Australia can be had and also the most powerful. The best season for huge swells is from April to October, with the occasional large swell outside this time. When a huge swell is on people travel down the
fabled Southwest Coast to catch some of the action.

Read about this year’s Rip Curl Pro held in pumping conditions at Bells Beach