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Padang Padang, Bali – Contest directors for the 2010 Rip Curl Cup Invitational at Padang Padang switched the official event status from red to yellow, or “high alert,” on Tuesday. Currently, a promising Indian Ocean swell is moving closer to impact with Indonesia. So far, this swell has been tracking on an ideal course to send a solid dose of west swell towards the reef at Padang Padang.

According to official event forecaster, Magic Seaweed, the estimated time of arrival for this new swell is looking like Tuesday, Aug. 3, with the peak hitting early Thursday morning. Tides for Padang are also looking ideal during this time, with medium tides all day Wednesday and Thursday.

Contest directors are monitoring this swell closely and the 32 contestants for this year’s Rip Curl Cup have all been put on standby for a possible Wednesday morning start. Many of the 16 international invitees are already in Bali or en route. For now, it’s on when it’s on…

Official opening-round heat draw:

Heat 1: Putra Hermawan (Bali), Takayuki Wakita (Japan), Mega Semadhi (Bali), Ozzie Wright (Australia).

Heat 2: Kalani Chapman (Hawaii), Ryan Turner (California), Rahtu Suargita (Bali), Wayan “Gobleg” Suyadnya (Bali).

Heat 3: Wayan “Betet” Merta (Bali), Makua Rothman (Hawaii), Lee Wilson (Bali), Morehu Roberts (New Zealand).

Heat 4: Garut Widiarta (Bali), Tipi Jabrik (Bali), Flynn Novak (Hawaii), Ian Walsh (Hawaii).

Heat 5: Pepen Hendrik (Bali), Ryan Hipwood (Australia), Made Lana (Bali), *FINAL SPOT TBA*

Heat 6: Rizal Tanjung (Bali), Koa Smith (Hawaii), Marlon Gerber (Bali), Anthony Walsh (Australia).

Heat 7: Ry Craike (Australia), Tom Lowe (England), Made Lapur (Bali), Raditya Rondi (Bali).

Heat 8: Mikala Jones (Hawaii), Mustofa Jekson (Bali), Dede Suryana (Java), Jamie O’Brien (Hawaii).

Find Out When ‘It’s On’! Event Website is Live!

Fans can now check the official event website at www.live.ripcurl.com to view the current event status and find out when “It’s On.” On the day of the contest, fans will be treated to “Heats On-Demand” which can be viewed on the website minutes after they go down. Also check the website for in-depth interviews with all the invited surfers and daily video features on all the hottest surfing, parties and happenings in Bali during the waiting period. See it all at www.live.ripcurl.com.

About the Rip Curl Cup

Now in its seventh year, the Rip Curl Cup Invitational at Padang Padang is Indonesia’s longest-running surfing competition and the only ISC tour event featuring top international surfers alongside Indonesia’s best. This year Rip Curl will continue to infuse the contest with international flavor and big names. The field of 32 surfers will be split equally between 16 of Indonesia’s all-time Padang surfers and 16 of the world’s best tube slayers. This invitational format, along with the allure of the wave at Padang and a 65 million rupiah prize purse, makes the Rip Curl Cup the most anticipated event of the Indo surf season.

Rip Curl has set aside a five-week waiting period to hold the “one-day, one-swell” event. The window will run from July 25th through Aug. 29th and the contest will be run entirely on the chosen day. When contest directors see an ideal “Padang swell” in the forecast, they will give the green light and the 32 competitors will have 24 hours to make it to Bali’s Bukit Peninsula.

Rip Curl Cup 2010 is proudly presented by Power Balance. $500 will be up for grabs this year for the Power Balance Best Tube Award. This special prize will be given to the surf that scores the best barrel of the entire event…

Real-time contest status and updates can be found at www.ripcurl.com. Media inquiries should be directed to: mediarelations@ripcurl.co.id

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