Everyone gets a great view at the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang! - Photo: WSL
In just a few weeks the surfing world’s attention will focus squarely on the island of Bali when the Rip Curl Cup returns to the storied lefthand barrels of Padang Padang. The opening ceremony kicks off the action to surfing’s premier renegade contest on July 9.
With a non-stop barrage of swell lighting up Indonesia’s world-class reefs this May and early June, it appears the Indian Ocean is kicking things into high gear just in time for the year’s most anticipated barrel riding showdown.
Here’s a teaser!
“We’ve had more big swells in the first two months of this season than we had all last year,” local Bali surfer and 2014 Rip Curl Cup champion Garut Widiarta said. “It feels like Padang has been breaking non-stop. Hopefully, this means we’re in for a special swell at Padang for the Rip Curl Cup this year.”
For the second year in a row, the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang will be a WSL sanctioned event, bringing all the drama and unsurpassed action of the “Ultimate Tuberiding Contest” to a massive global audience.
Iconic Padang Padang - Photo: WSL
“It’s always an exciting time of year when the Rip Curl Cup holding period opens,” WSL Australia/Oceania Regional Manager Will Hayden-Smith said.
“I know a lot of people keep an eye on the Indonesia swell charts waiting for it to be called and on. It’s an exciting event that sees Indonesia’s best take on some international tube riding specialists. I can’t wait to see Padang Padang fire up and put on a show. Thanks to the Rip Curl crew in Indonesia for all of their work making this prestigious event happen.”
It all kicks off with the opening ceremony… Photo: WSL
While the WSL sanctioning is befitting of Indonesia’s most prestigious and historic surf contest, Rip Curl Southeast Asia Marketing Manager James Hendy says the formula for the Rip Curl Cup, regarded as having the highest wave standards in pro surfing, will remain unchanged.
“We are thrilled to once again have the WSL’s support and expertise in showcasing the best tube riding show of the year to an ever-growing global audience, but the roots of the Rip Curl Cup remain the same,” Hendy said. “Only the most respected tube riders in the world will receive an invitation to compete for The Cup, and the contest doesn’t run until the barrels at Padang Padang are all-time.”
The holding period for the 2017 Rip Curl Cup runs from July 10 to August 10, a full month during the peak of Indonesia’s prime swell season, providing the event with the best odds of scoring the cavernous jade barrels the Balinese Pipeline is world-famous for. As a WSL “speciality event,” entry to the Rip Curl Cup is not based on qualification points or current WSL rankings. Ability, reputation, and track record at the heaviest, most-hollow waves around the globe are the sole criteria for an invitation.
Garut Widiarta, a master at work - Photo: WSL / Lawrence
The 2017 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang will be webcast live to the world at www.live.ripcurl.com, www.worldsurfleague.com and the WSL App. Fans can also visit these sites to check the latest Padang swell forecast from official event forecaster Surfline, Real-time contest status, and video updates from Bali.
RIP CURL CUP PADANG PADANG 2017 EVENT SCHEDULE:
Event Waiting Period: July 10 – August 10
Local Trials: July 1 – 7
One-day competition for last spot in main event. To be held at Padang or Uluwatu on the best day of surf conditions between July 1 – 7
Rip Curl Planet Beach Cleanup Friday, July 7 at 8 AM, Padang Padang Beach, Bali
Sunday, July 9 at 3 PM, Padang Padang Beach, Bali
1. Meet the surfers
2. Press conference
3. Traditional Balinese Kecak Dance
Official Rip Curl Cup Party Friday, Aug. 4 at 8 PM Evening Extravaganza, secret location TBA, somewhere in Bali.