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Rip Curl Cup on High Alert for Tuesday Start

Rip Curl Cup on High Alert for Tuesday Start

The 16 invited surfers to the Rip Curl Cup will gather at Bali’s most revered wave on Sunday (July 31) for the event’s opening ceremony, heat draw and blessing. Meanwhile, a large Indian Ocean groundswell is currently following them to Padang Padang and contest directors are targeting a potential Tuesday morning (Aug. 2) start to run the hallowed Rip Curl Cup.

Video: Surfer Stuck in Rip Current

Video: Surfer Stuck in Rip Current

Tough times, you know? Hilariously tough, but tough nonetheless. Rip currents are godsends and hellraisers depending on what you’re doing in ‘em. Rip currents can be your friend at times, other times they are not, think this guy made an enemy.

Photos: Boat Babes

Photos: Boat Babes

I sit slumped, fatigued from air travel, gazing aimlessly at my phone screen. I am flicking through images to pass time while I wait for my guests to arrive. A little nervous, a tad excited and quite unsure of what awaits on-board the Aileoita. My legs stick to the faux leather seat in the hotel lobby. Foreign exotic smells waft through the air, circulated by air conditioning that is tricking my body into thinking I am back home and not in a smoke engulfed tropical Sumatra, that I am not. Although we share the Indian Ocean with our Indonesian neighbours I am a far cry from my Western Australian desert shores. A day’s travel from Perth to Padang I find myself pensively waiting to board the boat to set sail on my first Mentawai surf trip as a coach and guide.

Photos: Bingin Yesterday, July 20th – Were you there?

Photos: Bingin Yesterday, July 20th – Were you there?

Yesterday the rain that has been terrifying Bali’s visitors gave us a break. We had some sun between clouds and a bit, just a bit, of rain. The swell that was supposed to arrive on Tuesday wasn’t as good as predicted so we went to our perfect scape: Bingin

Video: Nature Bites Back

Video: Nature Bites Back

It’s not everyday that the opportunity to hold a live shark with one hand whilst wielding a beer with the other presents itself. It’s pretty safe to say that this guy will probably pass it up next time and…

Video: Unbelievable Drop at Nias

Video: Unbelievable Drop at Nias

Skeet Durham nails a huge drop at Nias and is rewarded with a deep tube which he comes flying out of arms akimbo.