Surfing World editorial by Bob Evans owner and founder
“Surfing contests come and go but seldom do contestants get the benefit of really good surf. I have been to two World Contests and four International Championships, plus innumerable meets in Australia and without reservation the Bells Beach contest on Easter weekend
presented the most impressive surf ever.
With a 15 ’ ground swell lining up way out to sea, consistent power sets rolled up from Bass Straight. Definately a dangerous sea and beyond the capabilities of the average rider, it was nevertheless a great test.
The waves though close to ideal for big surf, were complicated by a savage rip tide which almost caused loss of life.
Presence of mind and a measure of good on the side of the surfers in danger saved a tragedy.
It could be a long time before a surf like this will turn up when there are so many good in the water.
New Surfing World Barrie Sutherland was on hand at Bells and provided our complete and graphic coverage” Bob Evans, founder and editor Surfing World magazine