Mid August 2012

VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang

Chris Ward © Rip Curl / Humphreys

Rip Curl Cup Invitational
Indonesian Championship Tour
Padang Padang, Bali Indonesia
15 July - 25 August 2012

VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang action & lifestyle

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 August, 2012 : - - With less than two minutes remaining in the Rip Curl Cup Invitational at Padang Padang, California’s Chris Ward scored a perfect 10 to jump into first place and win the 'Ultimate Tuberiding Contest' on Thursday, besting Bali’s Mega Semadhi in (2nd place), Java’s Dede Suryana (3rd), and Australia’s Ry Craike (4th) in pumping six-foot tubes at Padang Padang.

Needing an 8.25 to take the lead, Ward said he knew his miracle wave sealed his title as soon as he got spit out in the channel and heard the cheers erupt from the cliffs and in the channel. “I knew I had it,” Ward said. “I knew it was an 8.5 for sure. Last year I had an onshore heat and didn't even get barreled and lost in the first round. Today it was a completely different story. I was feeling it all day out there. This year Padang gave me the waves.”

23 year old Mega Semadhi had put on a tube-riding clinic in each heat he surfed during the day, drawing massive cheers from his fans gathered on Padang-Padang Beach and lining the cliffs above Bali’s most infamous tube making machine, scoring several 9 point waves on his run to the final, where he scored the day’s first perfect  10 with his first wave.



After being crowned Rip Curl Cup champion and receiving his winner’s check for Rp 60 million (over $6,000 USD), Ward got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. She said yes, which sent the hundreds of fans gathered on the beach into a cheering frenzy.

“I asked her before we came here, and I got her family's blessing,” Ward said. “I bought the ring and was thinking, how should I propose? I told myself if I won this contest I was gonna do this right here on the stage. So I guess it was meant to be.”



Final Results
1st Chris Ward (USA) 17.50
2nd Mega Semadhi (Bali) 15.60
3rd  Dede Suryana (Java)9.25
4th  Ry Craike (Aus) 9.20

Semi Final 1
Chris Ward (USA) 16.70,
Ry Craike (Aus) 16.00,
Mustofa Jeksen (Bali) 13.50,
Rizal Tanjung (Bali) 7.90

Semi Final 2:
Mega Semadhi (Bali) 16.75,
Dede Suryana (Java) 15.25,
Jamie O'Brien (Haw) 11.50,
Garut Widiarta (Bali) 9.75

Quarter Finals
QF1: Ry Craike (Aus) 12.40, Jamie O'Brien 12.00, Bobby Hansen, Bethany Hamilton 
QF 2: Mustofa Jeksen (Bali) 14.35, Mega Semadhi 14.00, Rahtu Suargita 4.10, Lee Wilson 
QF 3: Dede Suryana (Java) 11.85, Rizal Tanjung 6.80, Flynn Novak 4.15, Darmaputra Tonjo 
QF 4: Garut Widiarta (Bali) 8.50, Chris Ward 8.00, Made “Bol” Adi Putra 2.50, Marlon Gerber

Previous reports:
# 1 :
Rip Curl Cup Invitational kicking off wait period
# 2 : Bethany Hamilton gets Rip Curl Cup Padang wildcard
# 3 : Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang hits high alert


Source: Rip Curl

Author: Rosanne Riemersma

Tags: Padang Padang, Bali, Rip Curl Cup, Trialists

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