The 2012 Rip Curl Cup Invitational at Padang Padang could be ON in the next 24 hours. A large Indian Ocean groundswell is currently tracking towards Bali, and contest directors are targeting a potential Thursday morning (Aug. 9) start to the Ultimate Tuberiding Contest.
Professional surfer, star of Hollywood blockbuster Soul Surfer and shark-attack survivor, Bethany Hamilton led a surf lesson for unprivileged children from orphanages including Benih Harapan Orphanage in Bali on Friday. Kids ranging in age from 8 to 13 joined global icon and role model Hamilton for an afternoon of fun and surfing at Legian Beach in Kuta.
Perfect stand-up Padang’s barrels, warm water and surfers like Owen Wright, Flynn Novak, Kevin Bourez, Bruno Santos and Mega Semadhi. What more could you ask for?
Bethany Hamilton, world-renowned professional surfer and subject of the major motion picture Soul Surfer, will meet with fans and sign autographs at the Rip Curl Memorial Store on Jalan Legian in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia on Friday, August 3rd beginning at 5 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the courageous young woman who’s personal story has inspired people around the world to never give up on pursuing their dreams.
Last Thursday the IndoSurfLife.com forecast pointed to a South swell due to arrive on the Balinese Coast. While the conditions did not appear to be the best for Padang, the Rip Curl Cup organization, unwilling to miss even a chance of an epic day at Padang, made the call and at 6:00 am we were there to check what was happening.
Dream barrels graced the Rip Curl Cup Expression Session at Padang yesterday. No scores. No jerseys. No wave count. Just the guys (and one girl) in this year’s contest, trying to get as barreled as possible at Padang Padang.
Hawaiian charger Bethany Hamilton has been awarded a wildcard spot in the 2012 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang Invitational. Hamilton, 22, from Kauai, Hawaii, will be the first-ever woman surfer to compete in the Rip Curl Cup (July 15 – August 26).
On a historic night, Rip Curl and Uluwatu Surf Villas successfully raised over $12,000 for local environmental organization Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu (ESRU) during their surfing art and memorabilia auction on Saturday.
An exclusive auction of one-of-a-kind surfing art and memorabilia will take place at the picturesque Uluwatu Surf Villas on Saturday night, July 21st. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu (ESRU) to help fund clean-up projects and environmental initiatives at world-famous Uluwatu beach, one of the greatest surf spots in the world.
Padang awakened on Thursday and a pack of tube maestros in this year’s Rip Curl Cup got a solid warm-up expression session in before the main event.