The world’s best tube riders convened at Padang Padang on Sunday to bless the 2016 Rip Curl Cup with a traditional Balinese style ceremony. If the latest swell arrives as forecast, their prayers could be answered tomorrow.
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.
Bali’s Garut Widiarta explains what it took to win the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang in 2014, and what it will take to defend his title in 2016 against the most lethal lineup of surfers in event history.
Garut Widiarta figured the best way to prepare for the toughest contest of his life would be to train with a world-class sparring partner – or two. So the reigning Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang champion, who will defend his title in August against the most lethal lineup of invited surfers in the event’s history, […]
A three-time world champion, five WCT event champions and four Indonesian national champions are among the all-star lineup of surfers vying for the 2016 Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang.
The World Surf League is excited to announce they will be teaming up with Rip Curl as part of the 2016 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang at the wave also known as the ‘Indonesian Pipeline’ on Bali’s beautiful Bukit Peninsula.
Despite flawless four-to-five-foot waves on offer this morning Rip Curl Cup organisers have decided the event will not be in run in 2015. In the interests of the Cup’s integrity Rip Curl would rather not see heats go ahead than have them fought out in anything other than firing six-to-eight-foot conditions, as a mark of respect to the standing of the event. In the 12-year history of the competition this is only the second time that it has not been run.
With conditions looking promising for a Padang Padang swell to strike Bali at the end of the month the Rip Curl Cup has been put on standby, with contest directors looking at potentially running the one day competition on September 1st. Although technically coming after the waiting period concludes, Rip Curl have made the decision to extend the window by a day to ensure that if the Rip Curl Cup runs it will be up to the incredible standard we have become used to over the 12-year history of the event.
Hailing from the heart of Kuta Beach, and a proud member of the most famous family in Balinese surfing, Garut Widiarta’s victory in the 2014 Rip Curl Cup could not have been a more popular one. We return to the scene of the greatest day of Garut’s life to have a chat with the young charger who’s competed in every edition of Indonesia’s most prestigious surfing competition.
he Pulse will be coming to you twice a week over the duration of the Rip Curl Cup waiting period, and in episode one we meet former world tour competitor and first time Rip Curl Cup combatant Damien Hobgood