Competition Called ON at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League

Bells Beach

– Men’s Round 4 and Women’s Quarterfinals Called ON
– The World’s Best to Compete in Pumping Conditions
– Possible Finish Today for Rip Curl Women’s Pro
– LIVE at

a1da65519-1279-4077-a01d-3930792ad53fCaption:  Six-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) will face three-time World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Quarterfinals to avoid elimination and continue to fight for a fourth Bells Title.

Image: WSL / Cestari

Location:      Bells Beach, Victoria/AUS
Event window:   March 24 – April 5, 2016
Today’s call:   Men’s Round 4  & Women’s Quarterfinals called ON 
Conditions:   3 – 5 feet (1 – 1.5 metre)

BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Friday, April 1, 2016) –  The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the second stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, will recommence at 8:05 am this morning with Men’s Round 4 called ON, followed by the Women’s Quarterfinals, in clean three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach,

“It is incredible out there. This is what we come to Bells for,” said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow. “The Bowl is absolutely on fire. There is a longer period swell and it has come up over night so it is super groomed with offshore winds. We are going to go straight into Men’s Round 4, followed by the Women’s Quarters. We are aiming to finish the Women’s today, along with Men’s Round 5.”

After a three day hold, the men’s competition will resume with heated Round 4 match-ups. Because Men’s Round 4 is non-elimination, the athletes will put all on the line for an opportunity to make the Quarterfinals and skip Round 5.

Matt Wilkinson (AUS), current Jeep Leaderboard frontrunner, will face event wildcard Mason Ho (HAW) and Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) in Heat 2. Wilkinson will attempt to continue his winning streak, as he has yet to drop a heat in the 2016 Championship Tour.

Mick Fanning (AUS), three-time World Champion and the defending event champion, is on the hunt for a fifth Bells Title. Fanning will combat Jordy Smith (ZAF) and 2016 WSL Rookie Conner Coffin (USA).

The Women’s Quarterfinals will witness an intense clash between CT superstars Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Carissa Moore (HAW). The stakes are high as both Moore and Gilmore will battle to claim a fourth Bells victory.

Tyler Wright (AUS), current World No. 1, and Courtney Conlogue (USA) will throw down in Heat 3 of the Quarterfinals. With both athletes charging for a strong start to their World Title campaigns, this heat will determine who will be eliminated from the competition and who will continue on the race to ring the coveted Bell.

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will be webcast LIVE on as well as the WSL app.

The event is also being carried by our LIVE broadcast partners Fox Sports Australia, CBS Sports in the United States, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Edgesport, Sky NZ, Sport TV, Canal + Deportes, Channel Nine, MCS, Starhub, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable 250 & 1250 in Hawaii.

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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1:
Italo Ferreira (BRA), Nat Young (USA), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Mason Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Davey Cathels (AUS)

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Match-ups:
QF 1:
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Alessa Quizon (HAW)
QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
QF 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
QF 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global events across the Samsung Galaxy Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Mick Fanning, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Greg Long, Gabriel Medina, Carissa Moore, Makua Rothman, Kelly Slater, Adriano de Souza and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

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