Rip Curl Pro: For whom the bell tolls

Well it’s all done and dusted. The venue bounced around, the conditions fluctuated, some had close calls and some were clear-cut winners. But at the end of the day it was a calm, down-to-earth Robert Kelly Slater who put in a godlike performance to secure his fourth Bells win, equalling the record set by Mark Richards.

Our predictions for the event were pretty spot-on (if we say so ourselves) with five of our eight picks making it through to the semi-finals. Hopefully this will boost our ranking in Fantasy Surfer because that’s, like, really important in our lives.

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Here are some of the best moments from Kelly’s road to the final during this year’s event. Click the image to enlarge.

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My absolute favourite moment from the event was Jordy Smith’s superman, which he pulled out as his second air on one wave to get a 9.80 score. Check it out, it’s one of the best waves I’ve seen surfed.

Kelly got pretty rad in the final as well. I first saw him stick an air like this back in 1995. 15 years later he just gets better and better.