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BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Monday, April 3, 2016) - Peter 'Joli' Wilson (AUS) shooting at Bells Beach.<br />
 Action at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the second stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), continued today with Matt  Wilkinson (AUS) defeating Jordy Smith (ZAF) in the 40 minute final.. <br />
 The surf was in the 8' plus range all morning and the contest ran from the last two heats of Round Five through to the final.<br />
Wilkinson was the first goofy footer to win the event in the past 17 years and has now gone back to back with WCT wins after taking the first contest of the year on the Gold Coast.<br />
Sentimental favourite  and defending champion Mick Fanning (AUS was defeated by Smith in the Semi's. <br />
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Bells Beach has been hosting surfing tournaments for more than 50 years now, making it the most renowned spot on the raw and rugged southern coast of Victoria, Australia. The list of  Rip Curl Pro event champions is a veritable who's who of surfing icons, including many world champions.<br />
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Surfing's greats have a way of dominating Bells. Mark Richards, Kelly Slater, and Mick Fanning all have four Bells trophies; Michael Peterson and Sunny Garcia, three; While Simon Anderson, Tom Curren, Joel Parkinson, Andy Irons, and Damien Hardman each grabbed a pair.<br />
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The story is similar on the women's side. Lisa Andersen and Stephanie Gilmore have four Bells titles; Layne Beachley and Pauline Menczer, three; while Kim Mearig and Sally Fitzgibbons each have two.<br />
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The 2016 event is about to kick off tomorrow and there was a packed warm up session at Bells this morning. <br />
Photo: mrsjoli
BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Monday, April 3, 2016) - Peter 'Joli' Wilson (AUS) shooting at Bells Beach.
Action at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the second stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), continued today with Matt Wilkinson (AUS) defeating Jordy Smith (ZAF) in the 40 minute final..
The surf was in the 8' plus range all morning and the contest ran from the last two heats of Round Five through to the final.
Wilkinson was the first goofy footer to...
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