In just a few weeks the surfing world’s attention will turn to the Indonesian island of Bali when the Rip Curl Cup returns to the storied lefthand barrels of Padang Padang. The opening ceremony kicks off the action to surfing’s premier renegade contest on July 9.
With a non-stop barrage of swell lighting up Indonesia’s world-class reefs this May and early June, it appears the Indian Ocean is kicking things into high gear just in time for the year’s most anticipated barrel-riding showdown.
“We’ve had more big swells in the first two months of this season than we had all last year,” local Bali surfer and 2014 Rip Curl Cup Champion Garut Widiarta said. “It feels like Padang has been breaking non-stop. Hopefully this means we’re in for a special swell at Padang for the Rip Curl Cup this year.”
For the second year in a row the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang will be a WSL sanctioned event, bringing all the drama and unsurpassed action of the “Ultimate Tuberiding Contest” to a massive global audience.
“It’s always an exciting time of year when the Rip Curl Cup holding period opens,” WSL Australia/Oceania Regional Manager Will Hayden-Smith said. “I know a lot of people keep an eye on the Indonesia swell charts waiting for it to be called on. It’s an exciting event that sees Indonesia’s best take on some international tube riding specialists. I can’t wait to see Padang Padang fire up and put on a show. Thanks to the Rip Curl crew in Indonesia for all of their work making this prestigious event happen.”
While the WSL sanctioning is befitting of Indonesia’s most prestigious and historic surf contest, Rip Curl Southeast Asia Marketing Manager James Hendy says the formula for the Rip Curl Cup, regarded as having the highest wave standards in pro surfing, will remain unchanged.
“We are thrilled to once again have the WSL’s support and expertise in showcasing the best tuberiding show of the year to an ever-growing global audience, but the roots of the Rip Curl Cup remain the same,” Hendy said. “Only the most respected tuberiders in the world will receive an invitation to compete for The Cup, and the contest doesn’t run until the barrels at Padang Padang are all-time.”
The holding period for the 2017 Rip Curl Cup runs from July 10 to August 10, a full month during the peak of Indonesia’s prime swell season, providing the event with the best odds of scoring the cavernous jade barrels the Balinese Pipeline is world-famous for.
As a WSL “specialty event,” entry to the Rip Curl Cup is not based on qualification points or current WSL rankings. Ability, reputation, and track record at the heaviest, most hollow waves around the globe are the sole criteria for an invitation.
Over its 14-year run, the Rip Curl Cup has seen some of the finest tube masters of the modern era compete in the spitting barrels of Padang Padang, including John Florence, Bruce Irons, Jamie O’Brien, Chris Ward, Anthony Walsh and Jack Robinson. Meanwhile, Indonesia's top surfers like Rizal Tandjung, Garut Widiarta, Lee Wilson and two-time and reigning Rip Curl Cup Champion Mega Semadhi have consistently proven they can compete with the best in the world on their home turf.
The complete 2017 Rip Curl Cup surfer lineup will be released to the world on June 26.
“Last year only one of the four surfers in the final was from Indonesia, but he was the Champion,” Widiarta said, referring to fellow Balinese surfer Mega Semadhi. “When I won in 2014, it was me versus my cousin in an all-Indonesian final. As Indonesian surfers, we know we have a special opportunity to compete against some of the best tube masters in the world. We know the whole world will be watching. And we know we can win.”
The 2017 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang will be webcast live to the world at ripcurl.asia. Fans can also visit the site to check the latest 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 10 – Aug 10
July 1 – 7
One-day competition to claim the final spot in the main event – to be held at Padang or Uluwatu on the best day of surf conditions between July 1 – 7
Rip Curl Planet Beach Cleanup
Friday, July 7 at 8 AM, Padang Padang Beach, Bali
Sunday, July 9 at 3 PM, Padang Padang Beach, Bali
- Meet the surfers
- Press conference
- Traditional Balinese Kecak Dance
Official Rip Curl Cup Party
Friday, Aug 4 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.
Rip Curl is proud to support Project Clean Uluwatu, the non-profit organization working to keep Bali’s beaches clean and safe.
About The Rip Curl Cup
The Rip Curl Cup Invitational at Padang Padang is Indonesia’s longest-running and most prestigious surfing competition, and the only World Surf League invitational contest featuring the world’s greatest tuberiders alongside Indonesia’s best.
The 2017 Rip Curl Cup features one of the most exclusive fields in professional surfing: just 16 invited surfers – eight of Indonesia’s finest and eight of the world’s elite. The official invite list will be announced to the world on June 26th. The select number of surfer invitations ensures this will be a “one-day, one-swell” event, increasing the likelihood of spectacular conditions and incredible performances. When official forecast partner Surfline alerts contest directors of an ideal Padang swell lining up in the Indian Ocean, the green light will be given and competitors will have 24-hours to make it to Bali’s Bukit Peninsula.
The waiting period for the 2017 Rip Curl Cup spans an entire month, from July 10 to August 10, the peak of Indonesia’s prime swell season, providing the event with the highest chance of scoring the spitting green barrels the Balinese Pipeline is world-famous for.
With an exciting lineup of invitees including Tom Curren (USA), Mason Ho (HAW), Bruce Irons (HAW), Clay Marzo (HAW) and Jack Robinson (AUS) lining up to take on defending champion and local kingpin Mega Semadhi (IND) and the rest of the Indonesian contingent, surf fans will be excited to get online and view all the action when Padang Padang turns on.
The 2017 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang will be webcast live to the world at ripcurl.asia. Fans can also visit the site to check real-time contest status and video updates from Bali.
Countdown to Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang