Rip Curl Cup
Rip Curl Cup Padang-Padang
Padang Padang, Bali Indonesia
5 July - 17 August 2014
Surfers anticipate the Rip Curl Cup to go on August 4, 2014
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 August, 2014 - Padang Padang, Bali - Twenty-four of the world’s best tuberiders stand by ready to take on Bali’s legendary Padang Padang, as the current swell forecast from Surfline shows the best potential yet for a green light in the fourth week of the six week waiting period.
Previous event winners Chris Ward (USA) and Mega Semahdi (IND), along with other internationals that include Bethany Hamilton (HAW), Bruno Santos (BRA), Kalani Chapman (HAW) and Jacob Wilcox (AUS) with local tube maestro’s Mustofa Jeksen, Made “Bol” Adi Putra, Garut Widiarta, and two time trials winner Rahtu Suargita and more, are all chomping at the bit to paddle out in epic Padang Padang and slot into those long green tubes come Monday.
Bethany Hamilton © Mick Curley
“ I can’t wait to get out there,” said last year’s winner Mega Semahdi, who can look south from his Bingin residence and see right into Padang Padang’s eyeball. “Winning last year in front of my family and all my friends was my best contest win ever by far, and I’m really looking to being the first to ever win back-to-back RC Cup’s this year,” he added.
The swell that is now making its way towards Padang Padang is showing the best promise yet, prompting the standby alert for an expected start on Monday August 4th that will carry over into Tuesday August 5th.
According to Kurt Korte at Surfline, the official swell forecaster of the Rip Curl Cup, “Expect rising, long period SW swell (225-220) to fill in through the day on Monday (4th) with surf in the well overhead range by the afternoon and even bigger sets due for mid/late PM, strongest late…solid SW/SSW swell (225-215) in the well overhead range and sets to around double overhead are still expected during the early morning on Tuesday before both the size and consistency trend downward during the middle and (especially) over second half of the day on Tuesday.”
RC’s swell guru and commentator Nick “Chongee” Chong adds, “It looks to me like we are in for some thick and solid Padang Padang for this incoming swell if the current patterns continue to hold. The tides are perfect and with the backup plan of running two half days depending upon when the swell peaks, we should be getting nothing but the best of it for the boys…and girl (Bethany). Let’s do this!”
The Padang Padang quality bar was set very high at the epic Trials event on June 27th, which saw Bali local’s Rahtu Suargita and Koki Hendrawan winning spots in the main event with masterful tuberiding in solid 5-foot conditions.
Main event heat draw:
Kalani Chapman (HAW), Mustofa Jekson (INA),Koki Hendrawan (INA)
Lee Wilson (INA),Kekoa Bacalso (HAW),Bethany Hamilton (HAW)
Anthony Walsh (AUS),Raditya Rondi (INA).Pepen Hendrik (INA)
Mega Semadhi (INA), Jack Robinson (AUS), Francisco Alves (EUR)
Made Adi Putra (INA), Flynn Novak (HAW), Jacob Wilcox (AUS)
Luke Hynd (AUS), Dede Suryana (INA), Betet Merta (INA)
Rizal Tandjung (INA), Bruno Santos (BRA), Ricardo Christie (NZ)
Chris Ward (USA), Garut Widiarta (INA), Rathu Suragita (INA)