The waiting period for the 2012 Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in Australia runs from April 3rd to April 14th. The forecasts are already starting to show some significant swell on theÂ horizonÂ which means that this year could be one of those all-time epic Bells contests. If that’s the case keep an eye on the power surfers as they’ll have the advantage. All 12 first round heat match-ups are below.
2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells Mens Round 1 Heat Match-Ups
Heat 1:Â Jordy Smith (ZAF), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 2:Â Owen Wright (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 3:Â Adriano de Souza (BRA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 4:Â Joel Parkinson (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 5:Â Taj Burrow (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Nic Muscroft (AUS)
Heat 6:Â Kelly Slater (USA), Brett Simpson (USA), Davey Cathels (AUS)
Heat 7:Â Julian Wilson (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 8:Â Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 9:Â Josh Kerr (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 10:Â Michel Bourez (PYF), Damien Hobgood (USA), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 11:Â Alejo Muniz (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 12:Â Heitor Alves (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells Womens Round 1 HeatÂ Match-Ups
Heat 1:Â Laura Enever (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 2:Â Tyler Wright (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 3:Â Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Lakey Peterson (USA), Nikki Van Dyke (AUS)
Heat 4:Â Carissa Moore (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA), Justine Dupont (FRA)
Heat 5:Â Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6:Â Courtney Conlogue (USA), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Sarah Mason (NZL)
For the full forecast breakdown for the Bells event give this page a read.
Once the waiting period begins, make sure to cruise over to live.ripcurl.com for the live webcast and all the updates.
Here’s a nice breakdown of Bells Beach and the backup beaches.