SOLID lines greeted the opening day's competition at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach with Kelly, Parko and Mick all making it through.
In 50 years here the swell's often been a bit crap, so when day two of the waiting period saw the much anticipated swell pouring crisply down the point up went a collective hallelujah. Parko boosted a huge slob air to claim the highest heat total and when Kelly Slater says he imagines winning every event on tour you've got to get a little angsty for everyone else. Wasn't he retiring?
It went a little fatter and tricky on the higher tide but with the forecast looking serious right through the weekend expect back-to-back days of action. Maybe this is the 50 year storm that everyone's been joking about.