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CAN YOU HEAR THAT RING? PHOTOS BY COREY WILSON

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AND WE’RE LIVE Mick Fanning will show you the highlights. Neither can we. This is a photograph. It is inaudible. P H OTO: COREY WI LSON


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ED I TO R I A L EDITOR | ZANDER MORTON CREATIVE DIRECTOR | CHATO AGANZA PHOTO EDITOR | PETER TARAS MANAGING EDITOR | LEO MAXAM TRAVEL & MEDIA MANAGER | JIMMY WILSON

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ART DIRECTOR | NOA EMBERSON ONLINE EDITOR | BRENDAN BUCKLEY EDITOR-AT-LARGE | TAYLOR PAUL EDITOR-AT-LARGE | BEAU FLEMISTER

P H OTO S COREY WILSON

WO R D S BRENDAN BUCKLEY

C OV E R MICK FANNING. PH OTO : CO R E Y W I L SO N


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Heats run between

People who haven’t

WCT events Mick Fan-

both men and women

made a heat in 2015

ning has won — he’s now tied with Andy

1,169

15.27

(Approximate) cutbacks

Points both Mick and

done in those heats

Adriano ended the final with — Mick won the

36 Times AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” was played at the event

count back with a higher single wave score

3 Years of consecutive

0 Perfect 10s surfed

100 Percentage of people who get excited every time Filipe Toledo stands up

bell-ringing by Carissa Moore

1 Person surprised when Mick Fanning won (It’s Adriano de Souza)

Irons

1 Person who will miss Bells (Adriano, again)

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WITH BRENDAN BUCKLEY

CLICHÉ Cliché: a phrase or opinion that is overused and exposes a lack of original thought. Everything about the 2015 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was cliché. The waves, the winners, the things that were said, the things that were done and even the Patagonia jackets that everyone wore — come on, Jan Juc ain’t that cold. None of it was original. In my final day recap, I wrote that the rest of the world has changed while Bells has stayed just the same. (I went on to compare the competition to Bob Dylan, talk about holes and more or less declare that tradition is irrelevant. You can read that Cabernet-fueled rant here). I stand by everything I said. And when the wave at Bells won’t change, it gives the surfing very little opportunity to surprise.


BELLS Nobody is surprised that Mick won. Nobody is surprised that Carissa won. And nobody is surprised that the waves were, well, Bells. The contest may not have broken any ground, but maybe that’s OK. Maybe it’s OK that the waves were frumpy and maybe it’s OK that the surfing didn’t change the game. Maybe Bells is supposed to be cliché, like a slice of Grandma’s famous apple pie or a Caribbean cocktail at sunset or something in between the two. There’s something special about stuff like that. Something nostalgic and warm, something that doesn’t need to feel exciting or new. And there’s just something about cliché Bells.


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Knock knock. Who’s there? Retirement. Retirement who? Retirement I just fooled you into believing in.


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We’ll never be able to beat Kelly Slater at surfing. But we can almost beat him at bad jokes.


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SIGNATURE MOVE


E Kolohe Andino. P HOTO : C O R E Y W I L SO N

Mick Fanning forges Kolohe Andino’s John Hancock.


Jokers surely are wild. Mason Ho stuck this air to beat Mick Fanning and Fred Patacchia in Round 1 — as a wildcard in the event, no less.

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Almost kind of sort of lucky we live in Jan Juc.


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Bianca Buitendag.


Stephanie Gilmore.

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Nikki Van Dijk.


You can’t sit with them.

020 Sage Erickson, Coco Ho, Sally Fitzgibbons and Nikki Van Dijk.


Or them.

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Keanu Asing, Kelly Slater and Coco Ho.


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And, for a fleeting moment there, Mick Fanning considered transitioning into a career as a freesurfer.


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The hair might not say it all. But the hair is definitely saying something. Kolohe Andino.

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WHAT THE DOG SAW

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Filipe Toledo, and many bones.


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Filipe Toledo and Miguel Pupo got those haircuts on a trip to Lakey Peak with SURFING Magazine. Italo Fereirra — next time, bud.

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Is this what last place looks like? Somehow, yes. Dusty Payne.

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THE Filipe Toledo and a spin that won’t settle for silver.

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GOLDEN


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Keanu Asing.


Jordy Smith.

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Parko.


FINE,

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CALL IT MOODY 037


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YOU Carissa Moore surfed against Stephanie Gilmore for


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AGAIN the second time in two events. PH OTO S : CE S TA R I/WS L


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And Carissa Moore beat Stephanie Gilmore for the second time in two events. You gonna at least offer her a glass? PHOTO : SC HO LT Z / WSL


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Anything Keanu Asing can do Kelly Slater can do better. Or at least further on the inside.


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Filipe Toledo in the place where #Tournotes are born.

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“Nice fins. They yours? All three of them?� Locker room talk with Gabriel Medina.


Cliff hangers.

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Gabriel Medina.

Mick Fanning.


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PH OTO : C O R E Y W I L SO N


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Life of Bells.


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Taj Burrow erases the wave behind him.

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P HOTO : C O R E Y W YAT T


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IF IT AIN’T BROKEN...


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Mick Fanning has nothing to fix.


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My turn! Josh Kerr.

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Josh Kerr. Bottoms up in the semifinals.

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FANNING OUT

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Nat Young, fanning while losing in the semis to Fanning.

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Nobody puts Adriano de Souza in the corner. Besides Adriano de Souza.


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Mick Fanning.


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Adriano puts it all on red. And all on rail.


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Mick Fanning on a real screamer.

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A hug is worth a thousand handshakes.


2015 WCT RANKINGS MEN’S 01 01 03 04 05 06 06 08 09 09 09 12 12 12 15 15 17 17 17

AFTER THE RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH

WOMEN’S

M ic k Fa n n i n g Filipe Tol e d o Ad rian o d e S ou za Ju lian Wi l s on Jo rd y S mi t h Jos h Ke r r N at Yo u n g M iguel Pu p o Gab riel M e d i n a Taj Bur row Owe n Wr i g h t Ke lly S l ate r Jo el P a r k i n s on M att Wi l k i n s on Be de D u r b i d g e Wig go l l y D a n ta s Jads o n A n d re I talo Fe r re i ra Je re my F l ores

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G lenn H all J ohn J ohn Florenc e Kolohe A ndino S ebastian Z ietz Freddy Patacchia Jr. Matt B anting Adam Melling Keanu Asing D usty Payne B rett Simpson Mason H o Michel B ourez Ace B uchan Kai O tton R icardo C hristie CJ H obgood J oe Van D ijk D ane R eynolds J ack Freestone

B IGG E ST JUMP S

BIGGEST SLUMPS

Jads on Andre:

+8 p l a c es

D u st y Pay n e :

- 1 3 pl aces

Jere my Fl ores:

+8 p l a c es

B e de D u r bi dge :

-1 0 pl aces

W i ggol l y D a n ta s :

- 1 0 pl aces

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Ca r issa Mo o re Ste p h a n ie Gilmo re Tyle r Wr ig h t Co u rt n ey Co n lo g u e La key P ete rs o n Sa lly Fitzg ib b o n s Tat ia n a Westo n -We b b Silva n a Lima Co c o Ho Ma lia Ma n u e l Jo h a n n e Defay Bia n c a Bu ite n d a g Dimity Stoyle Nikki Va n Dijk Alessa Qu izo n La u ra En eve r Sa g e Er ic ks o n P a u lin e Ad o Bro n te Ma c a u lay


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