The 2017 Rip Curl Cup Invitational at Padang Padang could be ON in the next 48 hours. For the second time in the event waiting period, contest directors have switched the official event status from red to yellow, or “High Alert.” After a close call on Thursday, the event has targeted a potential Saturday, Aug. 5th start to competition at 10 AM.
A large and promising swell is expected to reach Bali on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-6th. At this point, official event forecaster Surfline has identified the Aug. 5-6th swell, predicted to arrive from an ideal westerly direction of 220-230 degrees, as “the best swell in the remaining waiting period.”
According to Surfline, “At this point it appears that the (weekend) swell will peak overnight, with holding swell Sunday morning and very gradually easing over the afternoon (but really should be strong surf through the day given the behavior of the storm). During the best tides we expect to see 8-12’ faces at Padang, with potential for a few larger sets. Wind looks favorable at this point with normal trades.”
Contest directors are monitoring the latest ocean and weather data closely and the 16 invited surfers to the 2017 Rip Curl Cup will be ready to go for the first forerunners on Saturday morning (Aug 5th) at 10 AM should they be given the green light for the most anticipated tube riding shootout of the year.
Following are the opening Round 1 & 2 heat draw for the 2017 Rip Curl Cup
(Note: The opening round of competition is non-elimination. The eight surfers with the highest combined heat scores from Rounds 1 & 2 will advance to the semifinals):
Heat 1: Raditya Rondi (IND), Paulo Moura (BRA), Pepen Hendrik (IND), Jay Davies (AUS)
Heat 2: Mega Semadhi (IND), Bruno Santos (BRA), Made Adi Putra (IND), Bruce Irons (HAW)
Heat 3: Lee Wilson (IND), Clay Marzo (HAW), Garut Widiarta (IND), Dillon Perillo (USA)
Heat 4: Rizal Tandjung (IND), Anthony Walsh (AUS), Rio Waida (IND), Louie Hynd (AUS)
Heat 1: Mega Semadhi (IND), Paulo Moura (BRA), Rio Waida (IND), Dillon Perillo (USA)
Heat 2: Raditya Rondi (IND), Louie Hynd (AUS), Garut Widiarta (IND), Bruce Irons (HAW)
Heat 3: Lee Wilson (IND), Bruno Santos (BRA), Pepen Hendrik (IND), Anthony Walsh (AUS)
Heat 4: Rizal Tandjung (IND), Clay Marzo (HAW), Made Adi Putra (IND), Jay Davies (AUS)
Event Waiting Period - July 10th – Aug 10th
Rip Curl Padang Padang August 5th 2017