Torquay Boardriders Club’s most prestigious annual surfing contest
Hells Bells is the Torquay Boardriders Club’s most prestigious annual surfing contest, and arguably the most prestigious Victorian contest outside of the Easter Rip Curl Pro.
The fire and eagle elements are totems of the indigenous Wathaurong tribe who watch over the land Bells Beach resides.
The eagle is the protector of the land, called Bunji (and is also the contest trophie). Fire represents the smoking ceremony that opens the event every year - done by a Wathaurong leader to cleanse the area, protect the competitors and pay respect to their traditional values.