Bells Beach Events


Events at Bells

Surfing events at Bells are restricted and are managed and allocated in accordance with the Events Policy

The Events Policy:

  • Caps the number of surfing events that can be held at Bells each year; and
  • Restricts event hosting organisations to Surfing Victoria (up to five events following consultation with the Bells Beach Committee), Torquay Boardriders Club (up to three events) and the World Surf League (usually just the Rip Curl Pro but in 2024 there will also be a World Surfing longboard event)
  • Council is responsible for approving surfing events and the related event management plans which control things like the length of the event, parking and temporary infrastructure such as toilets. Council may seek the views of and input from the voluntary community advisory Bells Beach Committee, but decisions on surfing events are made by Council as the land manager.

    Surfing events approved for Bells Beach in 2024 are as below;

    Event: Victorian Junior Surfing Series Round 1
    Date: 2 & 3 March 2024
    Host: Surfing Victoria

    Event: Rip Curl Pro
    Date: 23 March to 5 April 2024 (bump in bump out from 6 March to 19 April 2024)
    Host: World Surf League

    Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles
    Date: 24 to 26 May 2024
    Host: Surfing Victoria

    50 Year Storm
    One day event sometime between 7 June to 7 July or 1 August to 20 August 2024, depending on a suitably large swell) 
    Host: Surfing Victoria

    Torquay Boardriders Permit 1
    Date: 1 May 2024 (contingency date 12 May 2024)
    Host: Torquay Boardriders

    Longboard Classic
    Date: 18 to 21 July 2024
    Host: World Surf League

    Torquay Boardriders Permit 2
    Date: 2 August 2024 (contingency date 2 November 2024)
    Host: Torquay Boardriders Club

    West Coast Festival of Surfing
    Date: 14 and 15 September 2024
    Host: Surfing Victoria

    Torquay Boardriders Permit 3
    Date:19 October 2024 (contingency date 20 October 2024)
    Host:Torquay Boardriders Club