Padang Padang, Bali - MMonday, 7th Aug 2017: After several close calls at Padang Padang in recent weeks, the waiting period for the 2017 Rip Curl Cup Invitational has drawn to a close without the magic swell required to run the hallowed event. Despite a month-long waiting period during prime swell season (July 10 - August 10), the waves at Padang Padang never reached the world-class caliber required to hold the Ultimate Tuberiding Contest.
For now, The Cup will remain in Bali with reigning Rip Curl Cup Champion Mega Semadhi (IND). The local Balinese surfer who grew up just down the road from Padang Padang will have to wait until next year to defend his title. Meanwhile, the international invitees, which included such heavy hitters as Mason Ho (HAW), Bruno Santos (BRA), Bruce Irons (HAW), Clay Marzo (HAW) and Damien Hobgood (USA) in 2017, will be eager to steal away The Cup in 2018.
With just five days remaining in the waiting period, invited surfers and fans were hoping that the impressive westerly swell that hit Bali over the weekend of August 5 might provide the classic daredevil waves the Rip Curl Cup demands in order to hold competition. While there was the occasional spitting bomb on Saturday evening at Padang Padang, the conditions were never spectacular or consistent enough to greenlight what has become the most anticipated barrel shootout of the year.
Aug/03/2017 Rip Curl Cup Eyes Potential Saturday, Aug 5th Start
For the second time in the event waiting period, contest directors have switched the official event status from red to yellow, or 'High Alert.' After a close call on Thursday, the event has targeted a potential Saturday, Aug. 5th start to competition at 10 AM.
Jul/27/2017 Rip Curl Cup Back In Holding Pattern; Next Potential Contest Swell On Aug. 3rd
Due to a lack of epic surf conditions at Padang Padang on Friday morning, the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang will not hold competition this week and will instead wait for a larger swell on the charts for next week.
Jul/24/2017 Rip Curl Cup on 'High Alert' for possible Thursday start at Padang Padang
The 2017 Rip Curl Cup is officially on 'High Alert' to be held on Thursday, July 27th at Padang Padang. With an impressive SW swell currently tracking towards Bali, event directors have changed the official event status to 'Amber' and surfers are now on high alert for a Thursday, 7 AM local start time to run the one-day WSL specialty event.
more at https://www.ripcurl.asia/id/news/event-news/rip-curl-cup-on-high-alert-for-possible-thursday-start-at-padang-padang.html
Padang Padang, Bali - Monday, 10 July 2017: Invited athhletes and surf fans from around the globe gathered at Padang Padang beach on Sunday for the opening ceremony of the Rip Curl Cup 2017. They came from far and wide to bless the event with good waves, a safe competition, and officially christen the start of the holding period to the one of a kind tube riding invitational.
It was a standing room only crowd gathered at Padang Padang to watch the presentation and meet and greet with several of the 16 invited surfers, including defending champion Mega Semadhi (IND). The opening ceremony marks the first day of the one-month event waiting period, and means that all 16 invited surfers - eight Indonesians and eight internationaal surfers - are now on-call to be at Padang Padang witthin 24 hours notice if and when event directors decide to give the green light to run.
The opening ceremony was capped off with the traditional Balinese Kecak Dance performance, to ask the Balinese Gods for permission to hold the contest at this sacred spot and for a massive Padang Padang swell to arrive during the waiting period.
A series of Indian Ocean swells are forecast to reach Bali in the coming weeks and contest directors are monitoring them closely. According to Surfline, the official surf forecast partner of the Rip Curl Cup, the first significant swell will reach Bali on July 15-16, and a possible better swell is currently on the charts for July 20-22. Contest directors are monitoring these swells closely should they develop into potential contest swells to run the Rip Curl Cup. Stay tuned to ripcurl.asia for the latest event status.
Rip Curl Hosts Padang Padang Beach Cleanup
Padang Padang received a welcome facelift just in time for the Rip Curl Cup 2017. The hallowed beach was the site of a massive cleanup effort organized by Rip Curl on Friday, July 7th. Rip Curl Asia staff and volunteers were joined by local environmental community Malu Dong. Together the coalition collected over 50 extra large bags worth of trash - enough to fill a 2-ton dump truck - from the beach, the car park, thee cliffs and the valley behind the beach. Thanks to all the volunteers who pitched in and got their hands dirty on Friday to help clean up one of Bali's most beautiful beaches and the home of the Rip Curl Cup.
The 2017 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang will be webcast live to the world at https://www.ripcurl.asia/id/events/international/rip-curl-cup-padang-padang/home.html. Fans can also visit the site to check the latest Padang 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 10th - Aug 10th
Official Rip Curl Cup Party
Friday, Aug 4th at 8 PM
Evening extravaganza, secret location TBA, somewhere in Bali.
The Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2017 is sponsored by: BINTANG, CAPTAIN MORGAN, SMIRNOFF, ALBENS CIDER and HIDDEN VALLEY RESORT.
Media partners: Surfline, SurfTime, BaliBelly.com and Indosurflife.com.