Bells tolls for two of ours
TWO local surfers, Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Head) and Ellis Ericson (Suffolk Park) have navigated themselves through the first day of the Billabong Pro Junior Bells Beach.
After a week of torrential rain and weather more accustomed to the winter months, Bells Beach turned on a magical day with the sun shining and off-shore winds lightly feathering the one-and-a-half metre waves.
Running through the first and second round of the male competition a bevy of high scores highlighted the opening day.
Led by the performances of Perth Standlick (Bondi Beach, NSW), who lapped up the reeling walls, the action was of the highest order.
Taking advantage of the 'bowl' whilst his rivals sat up at Rincon, Standlick racked up an impressive heat score of 14 (out of a possible 20) which included the highest single wave score of 8 (out of a possible 10). Also taking advantage of the mornings clean conditions was New Zealand trio Damien Norman, Matt-Lewis Hewitt and Billy Stairmand who all secured a birth into the round of 64.
Oscar Scanes (Old Bar, NSW), Sam Lendrum (Nord's Wharf, NSW), Ericson and 2008 ASP Australasian Pro Junior champion Stuart Kennedy led the New South Welsh contingent with some amazing surfing.