Photo: Rip Curl Asia
Photo: Rip Curl Asia
Photo: Rip Curl Asia
Photo: Rip Curl Asia

PECATU, Bali (Release/BPN) – The 2018 Rip Curl Cup is officially on “High Alert” to be held on Sunday, July 15th at Padang Padang, at Padang Padang, Bali. With an impressive SW swell currently tracking towards Bali, event directors have changed the official event status from Red (Standby) to Yellow (High Alert), and surfers are now on call for a potential Sunday, 7AM local Bali start time to run the one-day WSL specialty event.

Event Director and Rip Curl SEA Marketing Manager James Hendy has high hopes for the swell to bring a Green Light on Sunday.

“As surfers in Indonesia, this is what we wait all year for. Our goal is to see eight of the world’s best tube riders and eight of the best local Padang specialists testing their limits on the best day of the year at Padang padang,” he said.

Official event surf forecaster Surfline is calling for a powerful long-period SW swell to build in this weekend and peak through the afternoon on Sunday, July 15th. Coming from an ideal westerly angle (219°) to catch the reef at Padang Padang, this swell appears to be quite similar to the Rip Curl Cup Trials swell that produced all-day fireworks at Padang on May 27th.

According to Surfline, the storm has tracked further north than the average Indian Ocean storm, which means it’s closer to Bali. This should help with both size and consistency. Face size should be in the 8-10’ range during the higher tide hours, with more size over the afternoon as the tide drops and the largest sets push up to 12’+ faces.

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Defending Rip Curl Cup Champion and Padang local Mega Semadhi is excited to be coming back for another year of competition, and is gearing up to battle it out for the win.

“Padang padang is one of the best waves in Indonesia. It’s the perfect spot to share with some of the best tube riders in the world. When you get that combination of wave quality and talent for one special day, everyone is always going to leave stoked no matter where they end up finishing,” he said.

Following is the official heat draw for the first two rounds of competition at Padang Padang:

ROUND 1
Heat 1

Garut Widiarta (IND)
Mason Ho (HAW) – TBC
Agus “Blacky” Setiawan (IND)
Jay Davies (AUS)

Heat 2
Lee Wilson (IND)
Josh Kerr (AUS)
Mustofa Jeksen (IND)
Bruno Santos (BRA)

Heat 3
Mega Semadhi (IND)
Jack Robinson (AUS)
Alik Rudiarta (IND)
Gearoid McDaid (IRL)

Heat 4
Bol Adi Putra (IND)
Nic Von Rupp (PRT)
Mega Artana (IND)
Jacob Willcox (AUS)

ROUND 2
Heat 1
Garut Widiarta (IND)
Bruno Santos (BRA)
Mustofa Jeksen (IND)
Jacob Willcox (AUS)

Heat 2
Lee Wilson (IND)
Jack Robinson (AUS)
Agus “Blacky” Setiawan (IND)
Gearoid McDaid (IRL)

Heat 3
Mega Semadhi (IND)
Josh Kerr (AUS)
Mega Artana (IND)
Nic Von Rupp (PRT)

Heat 4
Made Adi Putra (IND)
Mason Ho (HAW) TBC
Alik Rudiarta (IND)
Jay Davies (AUS).

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