Padang Padang Awakens, But Rip Curl Cup Invitational Holds Out For The Perfect Swell


July 30th, 2013|Padang Padang, Bali – A solid dose of Indian Ocean swell saw the mythical wave at Padang Padang come alive on Monday morning, and while some fun freesurf barrels were on offer, the invited surfers and contest directors agreed that conditions were neither big enough nor consistent enough to hold the 10-Year Anniversary of the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang Invitational on this swell.

“This was the biggest swell to hit Bali during the event waiting period so far,” said Rip Curl’s James Hendy. “Because of a variety of factors we were skeptical that this swell would provide enough size over a full day of competition, and that’s exactly how it played out today, with the swell peaking overnight and dropping quickly throughout the day. 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. Hopefully we get it this year.”

The large crowd gathered on the beach at Padang Padang hoping to score a live viewing of the 2013 Rip Curl Cup was instead treated to some freesurfing fireworks in the grinding 3-4 foot barrels rolling in at the world-famous lefthander. The morning freesurf included performances by several of the competitors in this year’s contest, including: Garut Widiarta (Bali), Pepen Hendrik (Bali), Mustofa Jeksen (Bali), and first-time invitee Usman Trioko (Lombok).

Pepen Hendrik. Photo by Mick Curley.

Garut Widiarta. Photo by Mick Curley. 

Gobleg. Photo by Mick Curley.

Two weeks now remain in the official Rip Curl Cup event waiting period, which runs from July 1st to August 15th. The full roster of surfers – 16 of Indonesia’s greatest and 16 of the world’s top tube riders – are now in Bali ready to put on the best barrel-riding show of the season at Padang Padang when the contest gets the green light.

Stay tuned to for the latest Padang Padang swell forecast from Magic Seaweed, breaking contest news, real-time event status, and to watch the live global webcast when the contest is ON.

2013 Rip Curl Cup opening-round heat draw:

Heat 1: Christian Fletcher (USA), Dylan Longbottom (Australia), Pepen Hendrik (Bali), Lee Wilson (Bali).

Heat 2: Usman Trioko (Lombok), Alik Rudiarta (Bali), Luke Hynd (Australia), Kevin Bourez (Tahiti).

Heat 3: Mega Semadhi (Bali), Betet Merta (Bali), Kekoa Bacalso (Hawaii), *Mystery Wildcard.

Heat 4: Wayan Gobleg (Bali), Mustofa Jeksen (Bali), Anthony Walsh (Australia), Bruno Santos (Brazil).

Heat 5: Made Lana (Bali), Dede Suryana (Java), Jamie O’Brien (Hawaii), Ry Craike (Australia).

Heat 6: Rizal Tandjung (Bali), Bol Adi Putra (Bali), Chris Ward (USA), Jack Robinson (Australia).

Heat 7: Raditya Rondi (Bali), Rahtu Suargita (Bali), Laurie Towner (Australia), Mark Occhilupo (Australia).

Heat 8: Garut Widiarta (Bali), Marlon Gerber (Bali), Jacob Willcox (Australia), Sean Peggs (NZ).

Watch It LIVE!

This year, you don’t have to be in Bali to see the best barrel-riding show of the year! To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the Ultimate Tuberiding Contest, the Rip Curl Cup will be webcast LIVE to the world for the first time in history. Watch all the action LIVE at or on your smartphone with the Rip Curl Live Events App. The LIVE webcast will include an online Heat Analyzer, so if you miss the action on contest day you can got to the event website and replay all the highlights from the contest any time, as many times as you want.

About The Rip Curl Cup

The Rip Curl Cup Invitational at Padang Padang is Indonesia’s longest-running surfing competition and the first invitational contest to feature top international surfers alongside Indonesia’s best. The field of 32 surfers is split equally between 16 of Indonesia’s all-time greatest and 16 of the world’s best barrel riders. This invitational format, along with the allure of the wave at Padang and a $10,000 prize purse, makes the Rip Curl Cup the most anticipated event of the Indonesian surf season.

For the ten-year anniversary of Padang Cup, Rip Curl has extended the event waiting period to a grand total of six weeks to ensure catching an epic swell for the “one-day, one-swell” event. This year’s window will run from July 1st through Aug. 15th and the contest will be run entirely on one epic day. When contest directors see an ideal “Padang swell” in the forecast, they will give the green light and the 32 competitors will have 24 hours to make it to Bali’s Bukit Peninsula.

For the first time in history, the Rip Curl Cup will be webcast live to the world. Watch all the action LIVE at or on your smartphone with the Rip Curl Live Events App.

As a co-sponsor of 2013 Rip Curl Cup, Telkomsel provides a special starter pack simPATI 2013 Rip Curl Cup that is specifically designed for the participants and visitors who witnessed the championship. SimPATI card gives free 50 minutes of international calls to over 50 countries through Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) 01017 and 10 free international SMS to all countries in the world. On this special occasion, users can also enjoy value added services: a free 60 minute voice call and 100 free SMS to other subscribers of Telkomsel in Indonesia, as well as free services for 50 MB of data for internet access.

About Telkomsel

Telkomsel also serves Wi-Fi access service Flashzone Seamless, where Telkomsel subscribers can watch the opening ceremony of 2013 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang Beach at six Rip Curl outlets in Bali via live streaming. Flashzone Seamless service allows customers to make the transition from 2G/3G network connection to Wi-Fi automatically so that customers can feel the experience of accessing data services over Wi-Fi networks at high speed.

Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2013 is sponsored by: TELKOMSEL, BEACH HUT, ADRENALINDEALER.COM, BINTANG and SMIRNOFF ICE.

Supported by: Single Fin, Bali Wacks and Wax buddy, media supports by: Surf Time,, JUICE, Surfing Life, BAM, The Jakarta Post, BaliBelly.TV and

Source: Rip Curl Indonesia via the ASC.