RoadSoda: 2016 Rip Curl Pro Bells, Day 1

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It’s not that we necessarily love that song. It’s just that they play it every single morning at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. It’s a tradition — just like the event itself. Chances are, it’s not your favorite song. And chances are, Bells is not your favorite stop on tour. But…tradition! Embrace it! Embrace it all! From every Mick Fanning turn to every ACDC riff. This is Bells, this is Hells Bells, this is tradition and isn’t it fun?

Starting right now, and happening right here in this post, we’re bringing you live updates from the event. Don’t even try to shake that ACDC song out of your head. It’s not going work.

Update #1, 10AM: Huge news! Everybody’s dream came true in the second heat of the day. Adam Melling and Stuart Kennedy (aka Adam Melling) surfed against each other in a heat, which brings us to one of the toughest questions facing the surf world today — which one looks more like Adam Melling? Even after all these years of professional surf journalism, I don’t feel comfortable arriving at a conclusion on my own. Let’s throw it the crowd.

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It’ going to be a tight race for the Adam Melling of the year award. Now, here’s the first batch of photos from the day…

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Update #2, 11 AM: Beloved wildcard Mason Ho experimented with an interesting and very controversial strategy by wearing flip flops with a wetsuit. I’m not going to say that’s why he lost, but I’m also not going to say that it didn’t have an impact. Also, the contest got called off after only six heats so… See you tomorrow!

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