The cerimony took place under some rain. "The event will be more blessed than ever,  this year" The cerimony took place under some rain. "The event will be more blessed than ever, this year"

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Monday, 10 July 2017 10:29

OPENING CEREMONY KICKS OFF RIP CURL CUP 2017 WAITING PERIOD

A  series of  Indian  Ocean swells  are forecast  to reach  Bali in  the coming weeks and contest directors  are monitoring  them closely.

 

 

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.


Reigning event champion Mega Semadhi  (IDN)

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.

With no five-star swell for Padang Padang before the Opening Ceremony, wave conditions were not 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 with 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.


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