Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach

Dusty Payne and Mason Ho Join Replacements at Bells

Mason Ho at Waimea Bay, Hawaii on February 25, 2016 during the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau (2/2). Photo by Rusty Russell. Mason Ho's used to stepping up under pressure. But Bells should be a little less life-threatening than The Eddie, where we saw him last. - WSL / Rusty Russell

Hawaiians Dusty Payne and Mason Ho will be competing in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach men's contest as the injuries to CT tour stars continue to pile up. Ho will officially be replacing Filipe Toledo , who was forced to pull out of the rest of the Australian leg due to a groin injury he suffered at Snapper Rocks during the Quiksilver Pro. Payne is filling the hole left by Australian rookie Jack Freestone, who suffered a serious leg injury shortly after the event.

Dusty Payne (HAW) sends some water off the lip during the Final. Former CT star Dusty Payne would love being back where he belongs at Bells. - WSL / Laurent Masurel

Ho and Payne are joining Adam Melling, Stuart Kennedy, and Sebastian Zietz who were already on the replacement list at Bells, on behalf of Owen Wright, Bede Durbidge and Alejo Muniz, respectively.

Zietz and Kennedy made the most of their opportunities, too, with their 9th and 3rd place finishes. "A lot of people forget that Bede Durbidge got on tour as an injury replacemnt and surfed well enough to stay there," says Stu Kennedy. "We're basically trying to do the same."

Bronte Macaulay after her Round 4 heat. Bronte Macaulay will be getting another crack at the CT competition at Bells. - WSL / Brett Skinner

Among the women, Lakey Peterson, who hurt her ankle just before the start of the season, will sit out another contest while she rests up. Her replacement will be Bronte Macaulay, who finished with a strong 9th place finish at the Roxy Pro after upsetting Sally Fitzgibbons in Round 2.

Toledo's Tough Landing
It was one of those airs that Toledo can do in his sleep, but a slight slide of the foot made all the difference -- and threw him into a world of pain.

Catch the new faces when they paddle out at Bells starting Thursday, March 24 local time. Watch live daily on the WSL website and app, through April 5.