Invited athletes and surf fans from around the globe gathered at Padang Padang beach on Sunday for the opening ceremony of the Rip Curl Cup 2017. They came from far and wide to bless 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.
It was a standing room only crowd gathered at Padang Padang to watch the presentation and meet and greet with several of the 16 invited surfers, including defending champion Mega Semadhi (IND). The opening ceremony marks the first day of the one-month event waiting period, and means that all 16 invited surfers – eight Indonesians and eight international surfers – are now on-call to be at Padang Padang within 24 hours notice if and when event directors decide to give the green light to run.
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 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 15-16, and a possible better swell is currently on the charts for July 20-22. Contest directors are monitoring these swells closely should they develop into potential contest swells to run the Rip Curl Cup. Stay tuned to ripcurl.asia for the latest event status.
Rip Curl Hosts Padang Padang Beach Cleanup
Padang Padang received a welcome facelift just in time for the Rip Curl Cup 2017. The hallowed beach was the site of a massive cleanup effort organized by Rip Curl on Friday, July 7th. Rip Curl Asia staff and volunteers were joined by local environmental community Malu Dong. Together the coalition collected over 50 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.