Invitational in memory of Shaun Brooks.
The event, focused on mental illness awareness and sharing, takes place when conditions are "the best big day" in the waiting period (June to August).
"When Shaun was home he was always chasing the best waves around our state, but he especially loved when his home of Bells Beach was perfect. His beautiful lines on our famed waves was inspirational to a lot of us in the town," said event committee member Carlo Lowdon.
The number of surfers in the event has grown from 18 to 30, with 25 spots voted on by the public. The other five wildcards will be decided by the Brooks family and the 50 Year Storm Committee. It was decided to increase the number of surfers due to the amount of young up and coming chargers in the state.
The tight-knit Torquay surfing community and surf industry has swung behind the event, so far over $15,000 has been raised to benefit mental health programs in the local community of Torquay. The event channels the fabled history of Bells Beach, with the name a cheeky reference to the 1991 cult movie, Point Break, where the lead character Bodhi paddles out at Bells in the "50-year storm" never to return.
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