PECATU, Bali (BPN) – Rip Curl has officially announced the 16 surfers invited to compete in the 2019 Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang while the event waiting period on July 1st – 31st. The announcement was made on Sunday at the Opening Ceremony, held at Padang Padang beach in front of a crowd of several hundred fans gathered from all over the world to join in blessing the event with good waves, a safe competition, and officially christen the start of the holding period to the one of a kind tube riding invitational.
Among the invitees this year is Defending Champion Jack Robinson (AUS), WCT legend Taj Burrow (AUS), Mason Ho (HAW) and young guns like Benji Brand (ZAF) and Barron Mamiya (HAW). Indonesia will be represented by two-time Rip Curl Cup Champion Mega Semadhi and former Champion Garut Widiarta, among others.
Joining the heavy hitters are the 4 local winners of the Local Trials, held in 6-foot spitting tubes at Padang Padang on Friday: Raditya Rondi (Kuta, Bali), Agus “Dag Dag” Sumertayasa (Bingin, Bali), Koki Hendrawan (Uluwatu, Bali), Mustofa Jeksen (Kuta, Bali). The four Trials winners were awarded their tickets to the Main Event on stage Sunday.
Meanwhile, the two-time Rip Curl Cup Champion and pride of Balinese surfing Mega Semadhi, said he’s looking forward to a rematch with the big names, no matter how it plays out.
“Padang Padang is one of the most amazing waves in Indonesia. It’s the perfect spot to surf with some of the best tube riders in the world. When you get that combination of perfect waves and good surfing for one special day, everyone is always going to leave stoked no matter what result they get,” Semadhi said.
The opening ceremony was capped off with the traditional Balinese kecak dance performance, to ask the Balinese gods for permission to hold the contest at this sacred spot and for a massive Padang swell to arrive during the waiting period.
A series of Indian Ocean swells are forecast to reach Bali in the coming weeks and contest directors are monitoring them closely. According to Surfline, the official surf forecast partner of the Rip Curl Cup, the first significant swell will reach Bali on July 3rd-4th, and another backup swell is currently on the charts for July 6th-7th.
Following is the complete lineup of 16 surfers invited to the 2019 Rip Curl Cup:
Benji Brand (ZAF)*
Taj Burrow (AUS)*
Mason Ho (HAW)
Barron Mamiya (HAW)*
Kai Otton (AUS)*
Sheldon Paishon (HAW)
Jack Robinson (AUS)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Note: * Mick Fanning Pick
Made “Bol” Adi Putra
Agus “Blacky” Setiawan
Agus “Dag Dag” Sumertayasa
Rip Curl Hosts Beach Cleanup at Padang Padang
Padang Padang received a welcome facelift just in time for the Rip Curl Cup 2019. The hallowed beach was the site of a massive cleanup effort organized by Rip Curl on Friday, 28th of June. Rip Curl Asia staff and volunteers were joined by local environmental organization, Plastic Free Uluwatu. Together the coalition collected over 75 extra large bags worth of trash – enough to fill a 2-ton dump truck – from the beach, the car park, the cliffs and the valley behind the beach. Thanks to all the volunteers who pitched in and got their hands dirty on Friday to help clean up one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches and the home of the Rip Curl Cup.