Kelly Slater is going Bells
WORLD surfing's glamour boy Kelly Slater has confirmed he will compete in this week's Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach.
The eight-time world champion had threatened to skip Bells after revealing he had "lost energy" for the sport during the season-opener on the Gold Coast last week.
But Rip Curl Pro media manager Dane Sharp yesterday claimed that the 36-year-old American was again on board for this year's event. "He is confirmed, he is in the draw and he will be here," Sharp said. "He is happy to see a good swell. We were always confident that he was going to compete and with the good forecast on the cards, he is keen to get down here."
Slater, right, who won the event in 2006, was not sighted on the Surf Coast yesterday as many of the world's best surfers arrived to get an early feel for the local swell.
Perfect conditions greeted the competitors, with organisers confident of favourable swells throughout. More competitors are expected to arrive today after attending the wedding of world number one Mick Fanning on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Official action got under way yesterday with the Geelong Advertiser pre-trials.