Surf Profile: Bells Beach

Bells Beach sits off the Great Ocean Road, winding around the South coast of Australia.

In my book, this is the second stop on Ollie’s world tour. Its natural beauty and quiet gives Tai and Ollie plenty of opportunity to get to know one another in a new way.

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Despite consistently good waves, and the longest running surf competition in the world, the beach maintains a natural amphitheatre. Worried about the impact of surf on the natural environment, a group of surfers meet once a month to replant the vegetation on the headlands. They’ve planted 100,000 plants.

Bells is on the Southern Ocean, so its water is cold and powerful. The wave is wide based, strong and sloping and made for carving.

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