Bells Beach is the heart of Victoria's Surfcoast and the very reason for its worldwide fame. It was right here at 'Bells' where FBI Agent Johnny Utah, alias Keanu Reeves, watched bank robber Bodhi, alias Patrick Swayze, disappear in the 'once-in-a-lifetime wave', never to return.
But Bell's Beach had been the hotspot of Australia's surfing crowd long before the hit movie 'Point Break'. All year round you will find surfers floating on their boards waiting to catch the perfect wave.
Every Easter Bells Beach becomes the scene of the Rip Curl Pro Surf and Music Festival, one of the most prestigious events in the industry. Top surfers from around the globe take on the much-dreaded waves of Bells and perform heroic stunts on their boards.
US surf legend Kelly Slater – the winner of a record eleven world champion titles – once rated the surf at Bells as one of the most difficult around the world. Yet, this hasn't stopped him from winning four titles here. In surfing circles Bells has been nicknamed 'Hells Beach'.
Rip Curl Pro put together a history and video montage of the 2011 tour, which was celebrating 50 years of Bells Beach.
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