Rip Curl and WSL has officially announced the 16 surfers invited to compete in the Rip Curl Cup 2017, to be held on the best day of waves at Padang Padang between July 10 and August 10.
Among the world’s best surfers preparing to push the limits of tuberiding in pursuit of the prestigious title are: 3x World Champion Tom Curren (USA), North Shore charger Mason Ho (HAW) and former WCT superstar and style icon Bruce Irons (HAW).
Among the surfing luminaries representing Indonesia are defending Rip Curl Cup Champion Mega Semadhi, Indonesian surfing ambassador Rizal Tandjung and two-time Indonesian Champion Lee Wilson. Going by the numbers, there’s no question 2017’s lineup of invited surfers is one of the most potent ever assembled: a 3x World Champion, five WCT event Champions and four Indonesian National Champions are among the all-star lineup of surfers vying for the 2017 Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang. In addition to Curren, Ho and Irons, goofyfoot barrel mercenaries Damien Hobgood (USA) and Clay Marzo (HAW) will also be making their return to the Rip Curl Cup, hoping to better their finals appearances from last year and claim The Cup. Meanwhile, reigning Rip Curl Cup Champion and pride of Balinese surfing Mega Semadhi said he’s looking forward to a rematch with the big names, no matter how it plays out.
“Padang Padang is one of the best waves in Indonesia,” Semadhi said. “It’s the perfect spot to share with some of the best tube riders in the world. When you get that combination of wave quality and talent for one special day, everyone is always going to leave stoked no matter where they end up finishing.”
*Caption: Reigning event champion Mega Semadhi (IDN) will be looking for a third Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang title in 2017.
Credit: © WSL / Lawrence
Following is the complete surfer lineup for the 2017 Rip Curl Cup:
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. TBD (winner of local trials)
The final remaining invitation will go to the winner of the local trials, to be held at Padang on the best day of surf conditions from July 1 – 7.
The 2017 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang will be webcast live to the world at www.live.ripcurl.com, www.worldsurfleague.com and the WSL App. Fans can also visit these sites 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 Waiting Period July 10 – Aug. 10
July 1 – 7
One-day competition for last spot in main event. To be held at Padang or Uluwatu on the best day of surf conditions between July 1 – 7
Rip Curl Planet Beach Cleanup Friday, July 7 at 8 AM, Padang Padang Beach, Bali
Sunday, July 9 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. 4 at 8 PM Evening Extravaganza, secret location TBA, somewhere in Bali.
The Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2017 is sponsored by: BINTANG, CAPTAIN MORGAN, SMIRNOFF, ALBENS CIDER and HIDDEN VALLEY RESORT.