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Slow morning gives way to Padang Padang perfection

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 August, 2013 : - - Bali’s Mega Semadhi finally reaped the rewards of a Rip Curl Cup victory, locking into a classic late afternoon Padang-Padang barrel with one minute and 40 seconds remaining to leapfrog from third place into the lead and win the 10th annual Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang Invitational.

Semadhi, a Pecatu (Bukit Peninsula) local, was absolutely ecstatic with his win in his 10th Rip Curl Cup appearance, as he was so close to tasting victory last year just to have it snatched away from him in the final seconds by California’s Chris Ward.  

“This win means so much to me, here at my home and in front of my family, and because of last year too”, said Semadhi.  “In those final minutes I was trying to be patient, thinking that if I could lose in the final minutes like last year, I could also be the one to win in the last minute too.  When that last set came in I said not this one, not this one, I gotta pick the right one.  And then it was like a fairly tale come true when I heard the score and that I won.”

Semahdi is currently studying to be a Hindu priest, and perhaps part of his studies is about patience as today it certainly paid off for the young man.  Just a couple of weeks ago he was runner up in another ASC competition at Balangan Beach, and was bested by fellow Balinese goofyfooter Raditya Rondi, who held the lead in the final today until the final minutes.


2013 Rip Curl Cup Championship Final Results
1.  Mega Semadhi (IND) 16.45 points
2.  Jacob Willcox (AUS) 14.90 points
3.  Raditya Rondi (IND) 14.90 points
4.  Alik Rudiarta (IND) 11.90 points

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Source: Rip Curl / ISC

Author: Tim Hain / ISC

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

Video: Surfersvillage





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