Bells Beach
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Bells Beach: Surfing the Great Ocean Road
Standing from the top of the cliff surfers are dots racing through the water, the sound of the waves crashing into the sand cacophonous within the closed bay. 'Welcome to Bells Beach' the sign reads, the beach known internationally as one of the best breaks in Victoria, if not Australia, and a favourite spot for those visiting the towns at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road - Geelong, Torquay and Anglesea. My feet sink into sand the colour of custard as I walk along the beach, the coolness ascending through my body. A few of surfers, one crazy paddle boarder and a few swimmers are enjoying the otherwise quiet beach. Over the Easter long-weekend the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival, the world's longest-running surfing competition, is hosted here and the parking lot, sand and railings atop the cliffs are full of spectators from around the world, a far cry from the relative peace I experienced that morning as I walked the length of the beach and watched the surfers as they appeared to be flying across the water.
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