Rip Curl has announced that the local wildcard spot in the main event will be granted to Rio Waida, Indonesia’s highest-ranking junior surfer.
The world’s best tube riders are ready to gather at Bali’s most iconic wave on Sunday, July 9th for the Rip Curl Cup Opening Ceremony. All are welcome to attend the traditional festivities at Padang Padang Beach to bless the event with good waves and to welcome the official invited surfers.
With no five-star swell in the forecast for Padang Padang this week, wave conditions will not be good enough to hold the Rip Curl Cup Trials. Instead, Rip Curl has announced that the local wildcard spot in the main event will be granted to Rio Waida, Indonesia’s highest-ranking junior surfer.
Waida has been on a tear in 2017, winning the first stop of the REnextop Asian Surfing Tour at Canggu and taking second place at the recent WSL Komune Bali Pro at Keramas. At just 17 years old, he is currently ranked second among all pro surfers in Asia. Now Waida will look to replicate his success on the biggest stage of his young career, the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang.
“Part of the tradition of the Rip Curl Cup is to provide Indonesia’s top surfers an opportunity to compete against the world’s best at the best wave in their backyard,” Rip Curl Southeast Asia Marketing Manager James Hendy said. “At Rip Curl we always strive to support the next generation of surfing talent. Based on his performances this year, we felt that Rio has earned the opportunity to surf at Padang Padang against the best tube riders in the world.”
Waida joins a stellar Rip Curl Cup lineup that includes 3X World Champion Tom Curren (USA), North Shore kingpin Mason Ho (Hawaii), and top international young gun Jack Robinson (Australia). Among the 16 Indonesian surfers invited are defending champion Mega Semadhi, 2X Indonesian Champion Lee Wilson, and legendary Balinese surfer Rizal Tandjung.
The Rip Curl Cup Opening Ceremony will be held at Padang Padang this Sunday, July 9th and marks the beginning of the one-month holding period. The celebration will begin promptly at 4 PM, followed by a meet and greet with the surfers and contest organizers. The evening will conclude with a traditional Balinese Kecak dance performance not to be missed!
1. Tom Curren (USA)
2. Mason Ho (HAW)
3. Damien Hobgood (USA)
4. Bruce Irons (HAW)
5. Kai Otton (AUS)
6. Bruno Santos (BRA)
7. Clay Marzo (HAW)
8. Jack Robinson (AUS)
9. Jacob Willcox (AUS)
10. Ryan Burch (USA)
Note: Only eight international surfers will receive a spot in the event. Entry granted on first-come, best-dressed basis.
1. Bol Adi Putra
2. Raditya Rondi
3. Mega Semadhi
4. Rizal Tandjung
5. Pepen Hendrik
6. Garut Widiarta
7. Lee Wilson
8. Rio Waida
Padang Beach Cleanup
Join Rip Curl team riders for a beach cleanup at Padang Padang beach on Friday, July 7, at 8 AM. The cleanup is open to anyone who would like to volunteer. Cleanup teams will collect trash from the beach, the car park, and the valley behind the beach. Trash bags and plastic gloves will be provided. Wear shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Come have some fun while cleaning up one of Bali's most beautiful beaches and the home of the Rip Curl Cup.
The 2017 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang will be webcast live to the world at ripcurl.asia. Fans can also visit the site to check the latest Padang swell forecast from official event forecaster Surfline, real-time contest status, and video updates from Bali.
RIP CURL CUP PADANG PADANG 2017 EVENT SCHEDULE:
Event Holding Period
July 10th – Aug 10th
Rip Curl Planet Beach Cleanup
Friday, July 7th at 8 AM, Padang Padang Beach, Bali
Media Search Night
Saturday-Sunday, July 8th & 9th at Hidden Valley Resorts Bali
Sunday, July 9th at 3 PM, Padang Padang Beach, Bali
1. Meet the surfers
2. Press conference
3. Traditional Balinese Kecak Dance
Official Rip Curl Cup Party
Friday, Aug 4th at 8 PM
Evening extravaganza, secret location TBA, somewhere in Bali.