Padang Padang - Bali
Earlier this week, a first solid swell appeared at the famous spot Padang Padang, where the legendary Rip Curl Cup Invitational will hopefully take place soon. Nevertheless, neither the contest organizers, nor the surfers estimated the swell to be large or consistent enough, to run the event.
James Hendy from Rip Curl, commenting on the decision, said: “This was the biggest swell to hit Bali during the waiting period so far… With the swell peaking overnight and dropping quickly throughout the day, we were skeptical it would provide enough size over a full day of competition. It's going to take a truly epic swell for us to give the green light to run the 10-year anniversary of the Rip Curl Cup.”
The crowd that already had gathered on the beach at Padang Padang on monday, didn’t get disappointed anyway. Among the free surfers who did a great show during the morning, in clean barreling 3-4 foot conditions, the audience was also impressed by ripping locals such as Garut Widiarta, Pepen Hendrik and Mustofa Jeksen, which are all invited for the main event too.
From now on, there are only two more weeks left in the waiting period for the Rip Curl Invitational. But since the contest will be held on one single day, we are looking forward to see the event to be completed until the 15th of August.
If you are still searching for accommodation during that time, you are certainly invited to join the Stormrider Surf Camp Bali. If you have any further questions, regarding your stay in Bali, always feel free to contact us!
The Rip Curl Invitational Bali will be broadcast live over the internet for the first time ever. That’s another big step in the history of the most important seasonal surf event in Asia.
You can find more updates and the live stream at:
Meanwhile, the list of invited surfers was published. The following 32 surfers will compete against each other in the battle for the $ 10,000 prize money:
Heat 1: Christian Fletcher, Dylan Longbottom, Pepen Hendrik, Lee Wilson
Heat 2: Usman Trioko, Alik Rudiarta, Luke Hynd, Kevin Bourez
Heat 3: Mega Semadhi, Pray Merta, Kekoa Bacalso, wildcard winner
Round 4: Wayan Gobleg, Mustofa Jeksen, Anthony Walsh, Bruno Santos
Round 5: from Lana, Dede Suryana, Jamie O'Brien, Ry Craike
Round 6: Rizal Tandjoeng, Bol Adi Putra, Chris Ward, Jack Robinson
Heat 7: Raditya Rondi, Rahtu Suargita, Laurie Towner, Mark Occhilupo
Heat 8: Garut Widiarta, Marlon Gerber, Jacob Willcox, Sean Peggs