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BELLS BEACH, Victoria/Australia (Monday, April 18, 2011) - Taj Burrows (AUS). Tomorrow marks the commencement of the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger and Ford Fiesta and the 50th Anniversary of competitive surfing at Bells.. .The world's best surfers have descended on the small Victorian town of Torquay for the second stop on the 2011 ASP World Title season.. .Kelly Slater (USA), 39, reigning 10-time ASP World Champion and defending four-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach winner, celebrated the historic spirit of the event at today's press conference, recounting his childhood memories of Bells.. ."As a kid in the States I saw a lot of film of this event," Slater said. "I got an idea of what the wave was like and that it was like surfing in an arena. I thought of it like two gladiators battling with fans watching from the cliffs. I remember watching Tom Curren and Occy's (Mark Occhilupo heats, and I couldn't wait to come here.". . .Slater will take on Kai Otton (AUS), 31, and  Trials winner Adam Robertson in Round 1 of competition.. .Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, reigning four-time ASP Women's World Champion and defending three-time Rip Curl Women's Bells Beach winner, who opened the 2011 season with an uncharacteristic Quarterfinal loss at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, knows she's got a challenge on her hands for the 2011 ASP Women's World Title.. ."I fell behind on the Gold Coast and I've got some work to do to catch-up," Gilmore said. "I have always really enjoyed my time here at Bells Beach. I've had some great results here, but it's going to be a hard task to get that Bell again. I'm just really excited because the forecast looks fantastic.". .Gilmore will face Courtney Conlogue (AUS), 18, and Alana Blanchard (HAW), 20, in the opening round of competition. - Photo: joliphotos.com
BELLS BEACH, Victoria/Australia (Monday, April 18, 2011) - Taj Burrows (AUS). Tomorrow marks the commencement of the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger and Ford Fiesta and the 50th Anniversary of competitive surfing at Bells.. .The world's best surfers have descended on the small Victorian town of Torquay for the second stop on the 2011 ASP World Title season.. .Kelly Slater (USA), 39, reigning 10-time ASP World Champion and defending four-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach...
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