Mick Fanning, your defending Rip Curl Pro Champion. Photo: Chachi

Mick Fanning, your defending Rip Curl Pro Champion. Photo: Chachi

After some amazing upsets and surprise winners on the Gold Coast, the 2016 WSL Championship Tour season is underway. We now make our way down to the chilly waters of Bells Beach and (potentially) the surrounding breaks of the region. Bells proper and Winkipop are the two spots that are most likely to host this event.

Here’s everything you’ll need to know:

WHO: The WSL Men’s Top 34 + 2 Wildcards & The WSL Women’s Top 17 + 1 Wildcard

WHAT: The second event of the 2016 WSL Championship Tour season

WHEN: Waiting period begins March 24 and runs until April 5

WHERE: Torquay, Victoria, Australia

TIME ZONE: The Gold Coast of Australia is 15 hours ahead of the US East Coast and 18 hours ahead of the US West Coast. This means that 7:00 AM, March 10th is…
1:00 PM, March 9th in Los Angeles
4:00 PM, March 9th in New York
10:00 AM, March 9th in Hawaii
8:00 PM, March 9th in London
9:00 PM, March 9th in Paris
10:00 PM, March 9th in Durban, South Africa
5:00 PM, March 9th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
5:00 AM, March 10th in Tokyo

If you don’t find yourself in one of the above-mentioned time zones, we highly recommend checking the time difference between the Gold Coast and your location at TimeAndDate.com

GRAND PRIZE: The generous folks at Turtle Bay Resort have again stepped up to supply the 2016 Grand Prize: A Trip for two to Oahu, Hawaii, and a stay at the Turtle Bay Resort. The Fantasy Surfer player with the best nine men’s event scores at the end of the year takes it all. Visit our generous sponsor at www.TurtleBayResort.com and ask for the Fantasy Surfer special offer!

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INJURIES: As of today (March 22, USA / March 23, AUS) Bede Durbidge (pelvis), Owen Wright (concussion), Alejo Muniz (knee), Filipe Toledo (groin), and Jack Freestone (undisclosed) have withdrawn from the Rip Curl Pro. They have been replaced in the draw by Adam Melling, Stu Kennedy, Sebastian Zietz, Dusty Payne and Mason Ho. The two mens wildcards are Tim Brisso and Tim Stevenson. On the women’s side of the draw, Lakey Peterson has withdrawn from the event (ankle). Her injury replacement is Bronte Macauley. The women’s wildcard is Brisa Hennessey. All of the above-mentioned replacement surfers and wildcards are now available for trading at FantasySurfer.com.

WILDCARDS: (Updated 3/17/16) No wildcards have been announced yet for the men’s or women’s events

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Men: Mick Fanning, Women: Carissa Moore

EVENT WEBSITE: Tune in to the WSL's event live at WorldSurfLeague.com

HEAT DRAW:

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round One Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Jeremy Flores, Caio Ibelli, Davey Cathels
Heat 2: Julian Wilson, Stu Kennedy, Adam Melling
Heat 3: Italo Ferreira, Kanoa Igarashi, Dusty Payne
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina, Conner Coffin, Tim Bisso
Heat 5: Mick Fanning, Keanu Asing, Mason Ho
Heat 6: Adriano DeSouza, Michel Bourez, Tim Stevenson
Heat 7: Kelly Slater, Kai Otton, Alex Ribiero
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson, Taj Burrow, Sebastian Zietz
Heat 9: Matt Wilkinson, Kolohe Andino, Miguel Pupo
Heat 10: Nat Young, Adrian Buchan, Ryan Callinan
Heat 11: Josh Kerr, Wiggolly Dantas, Matt Banting
Heat 12: John John Florence, Jordy Smith, Jadson Andre

Women’s Rip Curl Pro Round One Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore, Bianca Buitendag, Chelsea Tuach
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons, Malia Manuel, Alessa Quizon
Heat 3: Carissa Moore, Keely Andrew, Brisa Hennessey
Heat 4: Courtney Collogue, Nikki Van Dijk, Laura Enever
Heat 5: Tyler Wright, Sage Ericsson, Coco Ho
Heat 6: Johanne Defay, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Bronte Macauley

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