Celebrating 50 Years at Bells with a Ball (and Round 3)

posted by / Photos / April 22, 2011

It was a “surf formal” affair. There were small portions of scallops and never ending glasses of wine. And some of the most incredible surfers and competitors in the world. Mick Fanning kicked off the night with a speech that would have made Obama proud. The man can hold an audience. Then Nat Young #1 followed with some incredible memories of the storied Bells Beach point. After that, a montage chronicling contest history from the first man to ring a Bell in 1962, Glynn Ritchie, through all the epic battles that have gone down since. There was a massive photo op and then enough dancing to rattle even the most focused of competitors. Laura Enever did a Rihanna song onstage and just then, at midnight, Easter weekend and the 50th anniversary of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Easter Rally was officially kicked off. Congrats to all the winners (and dancers), past and present.

In 1996 Chris Davidson beat Kelly Slater at Bells twice in one contest. It was his coming out party competitively. He’s shown signs of that throughout this event and is surfing as good as ever. Our favorite surfer in the event right now. PHOTO: Sherman

In 1996 Chris Davidson beat Kelly Slater at Bells twice in one contest. It was his coming out party competitively, and he’s shown signs of that same ability this year, surfing as well as ever. Our favorite surfer in the event right now. PHOTO: Sherman

Matt Wilkinson’s run fell to the hands of a very in form CJ Hobgood. His bakchand however is still one we can’t get enough of. Even on the big faces of bells he managed to jam the lip and get the tail out. PHOTO: Sherman

Matt Wilkinson’s run ended at the hands of a very in form CJ Hobgood. His backhand, however, is still one we can’t get enough of. Even on the big faces of Bells he managed to jam the lip and get the tail out. PHOTO: Sherman

Easter is the equivelant to spring break in cancun for Australians. They swarm the coast and go wild. This weekend is shaping up to be packed. PHOTO: Sherman

Easter at Bells is the equivalent to spring break in Cancun for Australians. They swarm the coast and go wild. This weekend is shaping up to be packed. PHOTO: Sherman

Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater, Occy, Joel Parkinson, and in the back row, Damien Hardman and Mark Richards. PHOTO: Sherman

Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater, Occy, Joel Parkinson, and in the back row, Damien Hardman and Mark Richards. PHOTO: Sherman

Taj Burrow and Oleema Miller at the Ball. PHOTO: Sherman

Taj Burrow and Oleema Miller at the Ball. PHOTO: Sherman

Kelly Slater and Kalani Miller. PHOTO: Sherman

Kelly Slater and Kalani Miller. PHOTO: Sherman

Martin Potter, one of the most radical Bells performers of all time. PHOTO: Sherman

Martin Potter, one of the most radical Bells performers of all time. PHOTO: Sherman

Bethany Hamilton and Alana Blanchard came out to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the contest. PHOTO: Sherman

Bethany Hamilton and Alana Blanchard came out to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the contest. PHOTO: Sherman

Bells isn’t the world’s most playful wave. You must be serious about wanting to throw spray. Kelly Slater demonstrated this in his Round 3 heat against Stuart Kennedy and created his own rain squall. PHOTO: Sherman

Bells isn’t the world’s most playful wave. You must be serious about wanting to throw spray. Kelly Slater demonstrated this in his Round 3 heat against Stuart Kennedy and created his own rain squall. PHOTO: Sherman

Oleema Miller, Laura Enever, Kalani Miller and Alana Blanchard. This squad can dance. PHOTO: Sherman

Oleema Miller, Laura Enever, Kalani Miller and Alana Blanchard. This squad can dance. PHOTO: Sherman

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7 Responses to “Celebrating 50 Years at Bells with a Ball (and Round 3)”

  1. ghandi says:

    pretty pathetic.
    most put davo in the same column as knox, kling, and buchan.
    i avoid his heats.
    wish guys like losness, marzo replaced guys like davo.
    we want airs, not tears.

  2. corndawg says:

    alana blanchard is so hot, if she wins an event, let alone a world title, i gurantee the celebration will be obnoxiously larger than any other for a female because of her…great bottom turns!

  3. clambacon says:

    Losness is one of the worst surfers I have ever seen. Buchan should never be put in the same column as kling, knox, dan ross.

  4. ghandi says:

    well, if buchan could get above the lip to do tail-blows, nose-picks, and airs than you might have a case. as of now, all that is visible is damien hardman flashbacks of 3 to the beach and a non-existent repertoire that favors an early 90′s approach.

    no flare, but just hits off the top and slices. thats old news. he remains pigeon-holed until he get move above the lip beyond the top of his board hitting the top of the wave.

    let me guess, you are going to argue that airs aren’t surfing? or that big tail blows don’t matter? and that Dane Reynolds is over-rated right? yeah, right. Why do the best surfers in the world demonstrate a progressive level of surfing? Oh, I forgot, they need to contest surf.

  5. Jay says:

    you can’t tell me davo was not ripping….Atleast davo is sick. I can’t say the same for the others you mentioned. Also, I agree, losness style is so fucking annoying….Doesn’t mean he doesn’t rip, just looks kinda shitty when he does.

  6. photography by Jeroen says:

    Hi,

    Please check the first small selection of pictures I have made of the Rip Curl Pro 2011 at Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia:

    http://www.photography-by-jeroen.com/ProfessionalPhotography-recent/Sports

    click: Rip Curl Pro 2011 Bells Beach Australia

    It was just awesome…

    cheers Jeroen

  7. SURFING Magazine says:

    Nice shooting Jeroen. #22 (Parko carve) is a thing of raw animal beauty. Like Silvana Lima doing an air. Over a wolf.

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