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Press Release: Philippines Counts Down To First Ever ASP QS Event at Cloud 9

Cloud 9, Siargao, Philippines. PIC ASP/Will H-S
 



COOLANGATTA, QLD/AUS (Wednesday, September 17, 2014) - The 20th Annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup is only weeks away from creating history as the first ASP Qualifying Series (QS) event at Cloud 9 in the Philippines. The event will be co-sanctioned by both the Association of Surfing Professionals and the Asian Surfing Championship (ASC), with surfers battling for precious ranking’s points and prize money at one of the world’s best waves.

While the event only carries a 1-Star rating and won’t be attracting the stars of our sport the way the 6-Star and Prime events do, this event is more about offering competitive experience for local surfers and giving up-and-coming international surfers and future stars of the sport valuable competitive experience at QS level. 


Byron Bay’s Soli Bailey at the 2011 Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup. Pic ASP/Will H-S. 

“It’s fantastic to be working with the ASC to help grow the sport of surfing throughout Asia,” ASP Australasia General Manager Dane Jordan said. “1-Star QS events are the ideal way to test your competitive skills and learn what it takes to fight through a draw of talented surfers. Not to mention have the chance to surf one of the world’s best waves with just a couple of other surfers in the water.” 
 
16-year-old Quinn Bruce (Coolangatta, QLD/AUS) is one of Australia’s most exciting up-and-coming talents. Bruce works hard to perfect his skills at Snapper Rocks, the training grounds of some of the world’s best surfers — Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore.
 
“I haven’t been to Cloud 9 before and I can’t wait to check the place out,” Bruce said. “I’ve heard it’s a perfect right hand barrel with a section at the end of it which is what every natural footer dreams of. I think living at Snapper and being a natural footer could be an advantage for me. There’s quite a huge difference surfing at QS events compared to the Juniors, in Junior events average scores are no worries, but in QS events it’s much harder to get a good score, plus you’re coming up against bigger and more experienced guys which can sometimes be intimidating. I haven’t been told anything negative about the place yet so I’m sure it’s going to be a magical trip.”
 
Dede Suryana (IND) is one of Indonesia’s favourite surfing sons, and is a threat in any and all conditions. Coming off an equal 3rd place finish at last year’s Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup, Suryana is hungry to go one better and make the final this time around.
 
"I can’t wait again to get back there,” Suryana said. “It’s such a good wave and it’s a right hander. I love rights and especially barrels! I hope for more barrels again this year. Last year I finished in equal 3rd place. So, this year I need to be in the final! I’m coming Cloud 9!"
 
The 2014 Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup will run from 24 - 28 September 2014and boasts US$15,000 Prize Money, and will be run in conjunction with the Philippines Surfing Federation.
 
More info ASPWorldTour.com

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From the archives: And already I miss them…

Pulling this entry from 2007 because of the upcoming Siargao comp. It’s breaking my heart that I wont be on the island next week to shoot and be part of the event. Sometimes, the rest of your life really just gets in the way. 

I chose this entry in particular because the kiddos I refer to in this photo are now grown up, taller than me and are likely going to be paddling out to compete. 

October 10, 2007 
It’s my first morning back in Manila. And after the pattern of the last ten days, it feels strange to wake up in my own bed… in my own room. It doesn’t fit into my day anymore to walk to a kitchen and jusy grab a glass of juice from the fridge. Most of all, how odd to be back in the city and so far away from the island. Far from Siargao’s perfect office view and even more perfect waves.

But more than anything… it’s really this that I miss the most right now:


Siargao only feels like Neverland… but unlike it, these kids do grow up. These are my new batch of grommets. My first batch has grown up and declared themselves too old to be hugged, too old to be following my around the island, and definitely too old to be kissed and coddled. So these groms are my ones from last year… a little bit older… but young enough still to think it’s cool to hang with “Ate Kage.”(In photo: Mike, Ken, Lorse, Enteng, Phillip)

Breakfast beckons. How odd that I can now have pretty much anything I want for brek — waffles, bacon, three cheese toast, garlic rice - but I would much rather be sitting in Ate Layda’s store as the morning sunlight drifts through the trees, sipping on a coffee and budgeting my meal by having only a single egg with toast.

Press Release: Roxy Philippines Rider Nilbie Blancada finishes second at the Maldives Open 2014

Nilbie Blancada

Male, Maldives – September 7, 2014 – Roxy Philippines Team Rider Nilbie Blancada finished second in the Women’s Division during the Maldives Open 2014 after taking on 2013 ASC Women’s Division Champion Rina Kitazawa (JPN), local favorite and resort surf guide Amy Kotch (USA), and 5-time Indonesian Women’s Champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea (INA).

Blancada and Kitazawa first battled head to head during semifinal one, where both natural footers found good scoring waves in the often tricky mid tide lineup. At the end of the seesaw battle it was Nilbie coming out on top, Rina in second place, and Bali’s 15-year-old Pua Johnson eliminated.

Women’s semifinal two saw Amy Kotch post the highest women’s score of the day, an 8.83 out of a possible 10 to combo the rest of the field. Indonesia’s 5 time Women’s Champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea took second spot, while Irina Kosobukina from Russia was eliminated.

The Maldives Open 2014 is brought to you by Asian Surfing Championships (ASC) in cooperation with the Maldives Bodyboarding Association. This ASC Grade 3 event, with a total prize purse of $15,000 over the three divisions of Men’s Open, Women’s, and Bodyboarding, took place on September 3-7 at Lohis Point.

Lohis Point at the Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi Resort is a machine-like left-hand wave that peels perfectly down the coral reef for often hundreds of meters, and has been the site of ASP World Qualifying Series (the world’s top professional surfing organization) events in the past due to its quality, consistency, and accessibility. Offering up barrel sections as well as steep wall sections for carves, lip hacks, and the occasional punt section, this wave will allow the competitors to display their full repertoire of maneuvers during their heats, and often all on the same wave.

For more information about the event:
Asian Surfing Championship http://www.asiansurfingtour.com/

Maldives Open 2014 Results:

Dede Suryana

ASC Men’s Open Division

1. Garut Widiarta (INA)
2. Hussain Areef (MAL)
3. Rahtu Suargita (INA)
3. Dede Suryana (INA)

ASC Women’s Division

1. Rina Kitazawa (JAP)
2. Nilbie Blancada (PHL)
3. Amy Kotch (USA)
4. Yasnyiar Gea (INA)

Body Boarding Division

1. Gavin Botha (ZAF)
2. Ali Khushruwan Ahmed (MAL)
3. Ali Sham Raflu (MAL)
4. Mohamed Ihushan (MAL)

About Roxy:

Roxy is a brand of Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK), the world’s leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, wintersports equipment, footwear, accessories and related products. The Company’s apparel and footwear brands represent a casual lifestyle for young-­minded people that connect with its boardriding culture and heritage. For more information on Roxy, visit www.roxy.com.

 

Press Release: New Swell Drives Non-Stop Action on Day One of Maldives Open 2014

4 September 2014, Adaaran Hudhuranfushi Resort, Maldives: The sight of a pumping 4-5 foot swell welcomed the competitors as they arrived at Lhohis for first day of the inaugural Maldives Open 2014, and by the time the sun began to sink into the Indian Ocean a full day of surfing action was in the history books with Rounds 1 and 2 of the Men’s Open Division, Round 1 of the Women’s Division, and Round 1 of the Body Boarding Division completed.

Raditya Rondi 

In the ASC Men’s Open Division, the field of 24 surfers representing 10 countries was narrowed down to 8 quarterfinalists by the time the horn sounded a close to the final heat of Round 2 in mid afternoon. Of the 7 Maldivian locals that challenged the field of 17 international competitors, it is the Maldives number 1 ranked surfer Hussain “Iboo” Areef that is now the last man standing to represent his country in the Men’s Open Division. “It’s a challenge being out there against the ASC’s top surfers, but it was honor as well,” said Areef after the event wrapped up for the day. “Those guys are so good, I was really happy to get through to the semi-finals. Anything further than this is a bonus,” he added with a big smile.

The highlight list for the Men’s Division was something of a family affair, with 3-time ASC Men’s Open Champion Raditya Rondi from Bali, Indonesia topping the list with the highest single wave score of 9.0 points (out of a possible 10) as well as the highest heat score of 17.33 points (out of a possible 20), followed by his cousin Garut Widiarta with a highest single wave score of 8.90 and heat score of 16.57. Their other cousin Made “Bol” Adi Putra was third on the list with a high single wave score of 7.77 and a high heat score of 14.60. “Those waves were so fun out there, I didn’t want to get out of the water when my heat was over!” said Widiarta.

Garut Widiarta

With the variety of waves rolling in endlessly heat after heat, it presented a veritable Nirvana of opportunities for Asia’s best pro surfers, and they took full advantage to carve, slice, dice, fly, smash and crash each section of each wave, to the thorough enjoyment of both the spectators and the surfers themselves.

In the last heat of the day for the Men’s Open, Indonesia’s Dede Suryana narrowly escaped elimination, getting out-positioned throughout most of the heat and just nabbing the score he needed in the final minutes to get second place and advance into the quarterfinals. When asked about those final minutes, he replied, “The waves were really good and rippable, but I just seemed to be in the wrong place with one of the other competitors getting position on me. Plus I had changed boards as I saw there were some bigger sets coming in, but it didn’t work that well for me. Luckily at the end I got that one good wave and scored the points I needed!”

In the Women’s Division, it was ASC Women’s Champion Rina Kitazawa who has the distinction of breaking the only surfboard during the day’s competition. She was comfortably ahead in her heat but decided to take a late drop and then charge a fat lipped section that jumped up in front of her. The wave got the better of the exchange but as it was close to the end of the heat her lead was never in jeopardy. She also earned the highest single wave score of the Women’s Division of 8.17, and a total heat score of 15.00.

15 year old Puanani Johnson from Bali impressed the judges with her frontside attack, posting first a solid 7 points and then later adding a 6.6 to her score line to easily win her heat with a total score of 13.60, relegating 6-time Indonesian Women’s champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea to second place.

Pua Johnson 


All the competitors and the spectators are eagerly looking forward to what tomorrow will bring, as with the forecast looking great for another day of surf they will no doubt be in for another treat as the Men’s, Women’s and Body Boarding action continues.

The competitors were all told to be standing by at Lhohis at 8 pm, ready to get on with the action.

Keep up with all the action at the Maldives Open 2014 on Facebook and at the Asian Surfing Championships at www.asiansurfingchampionships.com.

The Maldives Open 2104 is sponsored by the Tourism Ministry of the Maldives, the Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort, Sri Lankan Airlines, Allied Insurance, Kudo Surf, Red Bull, MBC TV M, Print Lab, and Event Maldives. Sanctioned and supported by the Asian Surfing Championships and the Association of Professional Bodyboarders.


For more about the Maldives:

The Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort
http://www.adaaran.com/selecthudhuranfushi/

The Maldives Tourism Department
http://tourism.gov.mv/

The Maldives Body Boarding Association
https://www.facebook.com/m.bodyboarding.a



About the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC)
The Asian Surfing Championships was established in 2010 as the progression of the highly successful Indonesian Surfing Championships that began in Bali, Indonesia in 2004. The mission of the ASC is to develop and progress the sport of surfing in Asia by assisting in the organizing and sanctioning of professional surfing events, which will help their growing surf communities and draw more attention to their areas for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout the Asian Region.

See more at http://www.asiansurfingtour.com

Press Release: Maldives Open 2014: The Opening Celebration of the Inaugural Event

03SEP14:  Maldives - Dawn revealed a predictably perfect day of surf, leading to an afternoon of celebration at the grand opening of the Maldives Open 2014 Crystal clear water and reeling left walls welcomed a mixed field of local and international surfers as well as supporters and hotel guests to the Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort, home of one of the best waves the archipelago has to offer. But more than a welcome to the opening of this inaugural event, sanctioned by the Asian Surfing Championships, this special gathering went well beyond that joy with official announcements from the Maldives Minister of Tourism that will both improve and protect Maldives surfing for generations to come.

 

After welcoming speech and introduction by Maldives Body Boarding Association’s Vice President Mohamed Khushurwan Ahmed, and a speech by the ASC’s General Manager Tim Hain, it was with a joyful reception that the crowd greeted the words of Mr. Ahmed Adeeb, the Minister of Tourism, as he confirmed that the controversial issue of surf break exclusivity had officially come to an end, and that all Maldives surf breaks would be open to both locals and visitors alike.

Welcome news to the local surfers certainly and to tourists as well, as the Maldives have long represented some of the most pristine waters in some of the most flawless waves in the world, and now they will be welcome for all to enjoy.

 

Going further, Mr. Adeeb reaffirmed his five-year commitment to supporting the Maldives Open Surfing Competition, which is sanctioned by the ASC and organized by the Maldives Body Boarding Association, stating that his intention was to protect and grow the great and exciting sport of surfing for his country

In another impressive announcement, Mr. Adeeb also declared his commitment to expanding an aggressive International Heritage surfing site program to the innumerable perfect waves that break on the outer atolls of this island nation. Actual nature preserves that would protect not only the waves, but the reefs they break over and the stunning sea life that make the Maldives one of the most spectacular surfing destinations on earth.

In closing, he commended the MBBA on their initiative in creating the event with support of the ASC and great sponsors such as the Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort, Sri Lankan Airlines and others, after which a traditional ceremonial dance was performed that reminded all of what a beautiful, exotic place the Maldives are and how important it is for all of us to join in to protect the Maldives culture and her seas, a country that faces the most peril from global warming despite the fact that they contribute nothing to it.  

After the energy of the traditional dance, the local surfers invited all the international surfers into the line-up for a wild sunset session that served as a portent of all the action that is sure to thrill on tomorrow’s dawn as the first heat waxes up and hits the water at 8:00am.

The swell forecast for the Maldives Open 2014 is looking great for the Men’s Open, Women’s and Bodyboarding competitors that will take to the water starting on Thursday morning to battle it out for ASC points and their share of the total $15,000 USD prize money on offer.

So far, The Maldives Open 2014 is living up to its name as one of the most enviable surfing competitions to participate in, and if today is any indication, it will be for generations to come.

Keep up with all the action at the Maldives Open 2014 on Facebook and at the Asian Surfing Championships at www.asiansurfingchampionships.com.

The Maldives Open 2104 is sponsored by the Tourism Ministry of the Maldives, the Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort, Sri Lankan Airlines, Allied Insurance, Kudo Surf, Red Bull, MBC TV M, Print Lab, and Event Maldives.  Sanctioned and supported by the Asian Surfing Championships and the Association of Professional Bodyboarders.

Text and photos by Matt George – Chief Editor of Surf Time Magazine

For more about the Maldives:

The Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort

http://www.adaaran.com/selecthudhuranfushi/

 The Maldives Tourism Department

http://tourism.gov.mv/

The Maldives Body Boarding Association

https://www.facebook.com/m.bodyboarding.a


About the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC)

The Asian Surfing Championships was established in 2010 as the progression of the highly successful Indonesian Surfing Championships that began in Bali, Indonesia in 2004.  The mission of the ASC is to develop and progress the sport of surfing in Asia by assisting in the organizing and sanctioning of professional surfing events, which will help their growing surf communities and draw more attention to their areas for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout the Asian Region.

See more at http://www.asiansurfingtour.com

Lessons from the line-up

I very recently saw this quote “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” 

Over a weekend surfing in La Union maybe a month ago, I got tips on how to be a better logger from many different sources. Some them were much younger surfers who have only been surfing for a fraction of the time I have. And if I had a chip on my shoulder, I would have taken umbrage at the thought of these young pups trying to teach this cranky b*tch something new. But here’s the thing. These young’uns? They really know more than I do. In the few years they’ve been surfing, they’ve become incredibly skilled and understand logging in way I am only beginning to. And the tips they had for me? Super helpful. 

So yeah, take help when it is offered, and be thankful there are people who are looking out for you. And then, when a opportunity to pay it forward appears, take it.

"Knees together like a good Catholic girl." Photo by Allen Aligam. 

From the archives: Wahines in the Water: full version

Originally published in 2007. I submitted this article to Elev8 Magazine’s second issue. The last few paragraphs didn’t come out due to a printing glitch. So here is the full article in all its unedited self just in time for the 2nd Philippine Wahine Classic. 

Photo: My friend Pia, learning the basics with PSA at a spot in Bataan. 

There was a time that the idea of women surfing brought to mind Gidget, the Hollywood Beach Blanket icon. While cute and perky, she didn’t quite portray the most empowering image of female surfers.

In recent years, the presence big-wave riders such as Layne Beachley, Malia Kamisugi, power wahines the likes of Sofia Mulanovich, Keala Kennely and new talents like Chelsea Georgeson have made it quite clear that there is room for bikinis in the land of boardshorts. Whether it is in Australia, Hawaii or as far south as Brasil, women are definitely holding their own in the liquid arena.

Here in our neck of the world, more and more women are paddling out and taking waves in a sport more often than not designated for men. Point in case – the Philippine Surf Federation’s 2005 Circuit included an all-women’s surf competition was held at Siargao island’s Cloud 9, a right hander famous for its hollow barrels.

Anyone who watched these Filipinas charge Cloud 9 that year came away with much respect for them. These girls grew up in a line-up peppered with boys. This is especially the case for Nildie Blancada and Manet Alcala (Siargao) and Mocca Edusma (Daet) where they are often the only females out with the boys.

The event was seen as a gigantic step forward in the arena of women’s surfing. This year, the competition saw an even larger contingent of participants, including Australian pro surfers Sheridan Shields, Lyndsay Noyes as well as local wahines hailing from all over the country. The ripple effect of seeing women taking on monster waves has inspired a younger set of girls to get on a board and get in there. Only months after the comp girls as young as 6 began paddling out with Siargao’s normally all-male grommet posse.

Even back in Manila, the number of wahine weekend warriors has tripled in the last two years. The membership roster of the Manila Surfers’ Association has a nearly equal number of men and women.

On a personal level, it is not only empowering to see more girls in the line-up. It is, quite simply, more enjoyable. I am no longer the only girl on a weekend road trip, having to put up with pranks, fart jokes or actual farts. Now, there is always at least one other female to talk to about the more substantial aspects of life, namely: shopping, shoes and spas.

Photo: Carla Sebastian, charging Eastern Samar in 2012

I am not a professional surfer. I am not even an intermediate level surfer. What I am is a chick with a waxed stick that enjoys every wave that she gets, whether it’s a wall that just keeps going and going or a party wave shared with four other friends. And it’s just fun that now, the chances are higher that those friends I share that one ride with are also fellow females.

From observations and conversations with other female surfers (and yes, even in the line-up, we girls like to yack it up), it seems that The Philippines is among the best places to be a chick in the line-up. The boys are less aggressive, more accommodating and actually quite encouraging. I don’t know if it is the way that Filipinos are raised to respect women, if it is the intrinsically mellow personality of Filipinos in general or a combination of both that makes these local line-ups a good place to be a woman surfer. Granted each line-up will have its fair share of macho men that will never see women as equals in the water. But they are, thankfully, the exception and not the norm.

My good friend Mille Fairhall is a free surfer who surfed competitively in her teen years. She shuttles back and forth between her two homelands of Australia and the Philippines. We were talking once about the state of women’s surfing in the Philippines and she said “There have been a few women who have dared to challenge the stereotype (that surfing is for boys). And I think that gender has no relevance on a wave. If women can get past that intimidation factor, the old guard thoughts and physical inhibitions there would be a lot more of us out there… enjoying surfing for what it is.”

By the way, Millie charges and rips so if you happen to be one of the rare aggro boys, don’t even think about asking her to move to the shoulder.

Press Release: Drama, Dreams and a Fairytale Ending to the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2014.


2014 Rip Curl Cup Champion Garut Widiarta  - Photo Credit : Mick Curley 


Dreams do come true and they certainly did today for Bali’s Garut Widiarta in the most spectacular waves seen in the Rip Curl Cup’s 11 year history. 


Dawn revealed corduroy lines stretching to the horizon of the Indian Ocean as a field of surfers that had waited 5 weeks finally witnessed the glory of the fearsome Padang Padang reef as good as it gets. With solid 6-8 feet bombs raging in against fierce tradewind conditions, it was an all Indonesian affair by the time the finals arrived. International surfers such as California’s Chris Ward, Hawaii’s Kekoa Bacalso and on form juniors Luke Hynd and Jacob Willcox were felled by local knowledge as cousins Garut Widiarta and Raditya Rondi stampeded into the final with grace and guts. Padang Padang at this size and power is not to be taken lightly, with giant sets closing out the channel, it was these two cousins who paddled out into the afternoon glare and did epic battle in career defining waves that set a new standard of performance in Indonesian Surfing. 

It has been a long road for Bali’s favourite son, Garut Widiarta, whose flamboyant style has taken him close to the most prestigious winners dias in Indonesia but has never afforded him the win. Today, surfing with the confidence that only destiny can bring, Garut charged every gun nest and rifled his way through impossible barrel after barrel to ride to a convincing win. The Rip Curl Cup certainly lived up to it’s name as the world’s Ultimate Tuberiding Contest as a multi-national crowd lined the cliffs and flooded the beach to witness the phenomenon of Padang Padang’s rolling thunder. It was a breathless audience who watched on as the live broadcast brought all the action to an eager surfing world on what was the best surf on the planet for the day. 

Photo Credit : Mick Curley



The Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang has built a proud heritage for over a decade, spectacular waves, sensational location and a fitting champion. 

2014 Rip curl Cup Champion Garut Widiarta  - Photo Credit : Hamish 

Results: 

1st Place: Garut Widiarta 
2nd Place: Raditya Rondi 
Equal 3rd: Lee Wilson 
Equal 3rd: Mustofa Jeksen 

- Text and photos care of Tim Hain and the ASC

Press Release: Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang is ON !!!


It’s ON NOW! Round 2 commences this morning with another pumping Padang Padang swell ! 

Watch it Live - www.live.ripcurl.com 


Round 2 match ups are as follows: 

Heat 1:  Lee Wilson (Indonesia) - Raditya Rondi (Indonesia) - Bruno Santos ( Brazil ) - Ricardo Christie ( Nez zealand) 

Heat 2:  Made Adi Putra (Indonesia) - Dede Suryana (Indonesia) - Kekoa Bacalso (Hawaii) - (Jacob Willcox (Australia) 

Heat 3:  Mega Semadhi (Indonesia) - Garut Widiarta (Indonesia) - Mustofa Jekson (Indonesia) - Elliot Paeata-Reid (New Zealand) 

Heat 4:  Chris Ward (USA) - Luke Hynd (Australia) - Jack Robinson (Australia) - Koki Hendrawan (Indonesia) 



Main Event Day 1 Highlights : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIm3zXHV2o0 

Main Event Day 1 Highlights - Part 2 : http://youtu.be/lwAeI80Mpa8?list=UUM7nkBGadxKOa4DAJVFwoWg 

More High Res Pictures & Info : https://ripcurl.box.com/2014ripcurlcup 

Watch all the action Live : http://live.ripcurl.com/padang-padang-live-webcast-2014.html 

Press Release: THE 11TH ANNUAL RIP CURL CUP KICKS OFF WITH AN ALL-STAR EXPRESSION SESSION AT PADANG PADANG, BALI!

Betthany Hamilton 



August 4, 2014 - Padang Padang Beach, Bali Indonesia - It’s almost on! 


The brightest stars of the 11th annual Rip Curl Cup took the field in smallish, but perfect Padang Padang barrels today to the backdrop of a picture perfect sunset. Luminaries such as Matt Wilkinson, Owen Wright, Bethany Hamilton and the great Rizal Tandjung traded waves with such rookies as Jacob Wilcox and Jack Robinson as the sun dipped near the horizon at one of the most spectacular surf spots in the world. The fearsome Padang Padang reef, the inspiration for the world’s ultimate tuberiding event. 

If today was any indication of the performances ahead, then tomorrow’s anticipated swell is sure to provide the perfect canvas for some of the best tuberiders in the world to strut their stuff. With an approaching swell that can already be heard crashing on the outer reef, it looks like Surfline - the official Event forecaster’s patience has paid off. After over 4 weeks of waiting, with waves that have been on the radar for over ten days, the mood here in Bali is electric. 

Raditya Rondi 


More than contest, the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang has always been more of a gladiatorial feat. Pitting 12 of the world’s finest tuberiders against 12 of Indonesia’s best locals. Locals who have literally grown within the shadows of  Padang Padang’s howling barrels. As always, the visiting surfers will have their work cut out for them, but with emerging young talents like western Australia’s Jacob Wilcox and seasoned veterans like Chris Ward and Anthony Walsh, sparks are sure to fly. 

And let us not forget Bethany Hamilton, whose performance today was only a hint at what she will be capable of tomorrow. In 2012, her stunning performance earned her a second round slot, sending more than one male competitor to the beach to reconsider their abilities. 

With a first round heat featuring Hawaiian Pipeline Master Kalani Chapman, Java’s goofy foot sensation Mustofa Jeksen and Bali’s new young lion Koki Hendrawan, this multi-national competition rings more like a summit meeting than a contest, a showcase to the surfing world of not only incredible tuberiding performance, but a gathering of our international tribe that is not to be missed. 

Watch all the action starting at 6.45am Bali time  - www.live.ripcurl.com 

For one day, let your Search end here, in the best waves on the planet  —It’s On When its On! 

Text and photos care of Tim Hain of the ASC

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