The 50 years anniversary celebration of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia seems to start a bit ill-fated with a lay day and ASP veteran Jacqueline Silva from Brazil getting injured in a minor car accident.
Driving in front of the Torquay Police Station to the Rip Curl Pro, Silva was involved in a head-on collision and is now treated and monitored in the hospital for the next 12 hours. Her status in regards to competing in the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach is uncertain at this point.
But the contest didn't start right away anyway but called a lay day for today. “We went on hold until 10am this morning to see if the swell would fill in but as it hasn’t, we’ve called competition off for the day," Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “We’re looking at some fairly promising swell models that are projected to fill in over the coming days so we’ll be back tomorrow morning to see what Bells has to offer."
Event organizers will reconvene at 7am tomorrow morning to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.
Once the action kicks off, up first will be Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 27, Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 27, and Rebecca Woods (BRA), 26, in Heat 1 of Round 1.
Coastalwatch, official surf forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, are calling for a new 3-4 foot groundswell with clean mostly offshore to begin building on Wednesday. On Thursday, a stronger building trend with wave heights increasing throughout the day before peaking at 4-6 foot on Friday, gradually easing off into the weekend, but still 3-5 foot surf until mid-next week.