Add in the fact that Stephanie Gilmore has won two in a row at Bells previously, and you have 4 surfers who have asserted themselves as the dominant figures in this event. -To go along with her three victories at Bells, Stephanie Gilmore has made the final at Bells an astonishing 7 times; including twice in the past three years. -The 2017 Men’s final was the first time in the Rip Curl Pro’s storied history that an American or an Australian did not make the final. -Wildcards have a strong history of success at Bells.
And local trialist Adam Robertson made the final in 2009 only to lose to Joel Parkinson. -Four-time event champions Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater are the holders of the active record for wins at Bells. -On the men’s side, there are 5 former event champions competing in the event this year.
Typically, most of the surfers stay in Australia between the Gold Coast and Bells Beach to give themselves a chance to adjust to the area, temperature changes that occur between the two locations, and to decompress after the first intense event of the year before the next one begins. -Regular foot dominance is just as strong at Bells as it has been on the Gold Coast the past 20 years.
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