Thursday, March 20, 2008

Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro... Game On!

The swell cranked up yesterday and today sees the first round of the men's WCT competition! Surf today is "6' Hawaiian, 8' Australian, and 12' Californian" as the announcer pointed out. It is big and burley with a lot of side-on shore wind making for challenging conditions. To surf well in these conditions takes the utmost physical fitness and it's obvious the touring elite are in great shape. Tough paddle out and large bumpy walls to negotiate -- and they're ripping it! It's great fun to watch them surf in these conditions. Check out, for all the coverage.

(A very focussed and fit Mick Fanning headed out for his first heat. Photo: Hank Ten)