Bells Beach doing what it does best.
Bells Beach doing what it does best. PIC ASP/Will H-S

Surf festival to open 2014 ASP season

THE inaugural Piping Hot Surf Festival will get underway tomorrow and will be the first Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event for 2014 with ASP Men's and Women's 1-Star QS divisions as well as ASP Australasia Pro Junior Men's and Women's divisions.

Piping Hot has been an Iconic Australian surf brand for decades and Danielle Lowe, General Manager of Piping Hot said that this event is a way of giving back to the sport and celebrating what their brand is all about.

"Piping Hot is really proud and excited to be kicking off the 2014 competitive season at Bells Beach, especially on the back of such an exciting string of ASP events in 2013. It's important we give back to the sport that made us who we are, and the Piping Hot Surf Festival is the perfect way to do it," said Lowe.

Cody Robinson (Torquay, VIC/AUS) will be looking to make his mark in both Pro Junior and the QS divisions as he takes to the water at his home break for the Piping Hot Surf Festival. Robinson is one of the most exciting up-and-coming surfers from the world renowned Torquay region and will be one to watch on this year's ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series.

"It means a lot to have an ASP 1-Star event and a Pro Junior at Bells," Robinson said. "It helps me push my surfing in competition coming up against surfers from interstate. It also means just that bit more because it's my hometown everyone will be supporting me at my home break. I hope I can do them proud!"

Dane Jordan, ASP Australasia General Manager is excited to welcome in the New Year with an exciting new event at one of Australia's most revered surf spots, Bells Beach.

"It's great to start the 2014 ASP season in Australia," Jordan said. "It's summer, it's holidays and it's hot and it's always exciting to have an event at Bells beach, especially with a promising surf forecast on the cards. We're so happy to be working with a great Australian surf brand - Piping Hot to bring the best surfers from Australia and some solid international competitors to start 2014 with a bang."

Event Surf Forecast Partner Coastalwatch PLUS have supplied the following forecast for the next four days.

Friday: Around 2 - 3ft. WIND: Light WNW 5 to 15 knots turning SW 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.

Saturday: WSW swell up to 3 - 4ft.  WIND: WSW 15 to 20 knots.

Sunday: SW swell  2 - 4ft. WIND: W 15 to 25 knots tending SW during the afternoon.

Monday: SW swell speculatively 3 - 5ft. WIND: WSW 15 to 20 knots.

The Piping Hot Surf Festival is presented by the Victorian Government, Surfing Victoria, ASP Australasia and supported by Coastalwatch PLUS, K-Rock, Target and Team Up.

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