Better Backup

The backup venue of Winkipop, located just east of Bells proper, is a steeper, faster wave that's considered a much better venue by some surfers. Indeed, according to Matt Warshaw's "Encyclopedia of Surfing," no less an authority than Mark Richards once called Bells "the most overrated wave in the world." If the contest moves to Winkipop, everything changes: the boards, the heat strategy, and quite possibly the winner. (Joli)