The Rip Curl Pro, formerly the Bells Beach Surf Classic, is a WSL (formerly ASP) World Tour surfing competition held in and around Torquay, Victoria and sponsored by surf company Rip Curl. The event is based at Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia.
Bells Beach is a coastal locality of Victoria, Australia in Surf Coast Shire and a renowned surf beach, located 100 km south-west of Melbourne, on the Great Ocean Road near the towns of Torquay and Jan Juc.
Bells Beach is the home of the world's longest continuously running pro surfing competition – now known as the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. The event was formerly known as the Bells Easter Classic (among a variety of other titles).
The competition was first held in January 1962 and then at Easter every year since although occasionally, when conditions at Bells aren't suitable, the competition has been transferred to other breaks such as Johanna and Woolamai.
Professional surfers flock to the famed Bells Beach with the aim of ringing surfings historic bell. Since going pro, the event has been frequented by the worlds biggest names including multiple wins from Michael Peterson, Mark Richards, Kelly Slater, Sunny Garcia, Andy Irons and Mike Fanning.
Today, Torquay is transformed to a festival like atmosphere when the Rip Curl Pro rolls in to town. Set on a cliffs edge in the Bells Beach car park, the events HQ offers great spectating and entertainment during the day.
According to en.wikipedia & torquaylife.com.au