Padang Padang, Bali - The 32 surfers invited to compete in the 2012 Rip Curl Cup Invitational at Padang Padang will gather at Bali's most revered wave this weekend for the event's opening ceremony.
Among the international surf stars receiving one of the coveted Padang Cup invites are Chris Ward (USA), Jamie O'Brien (Hawaii), Anthony Walsh (Australia) and Dean Morrison (Australia). Among the 16 Indonesian surfers invited are defending champion Lee Wilson, Garut Widiarta, and legendary Balinese surfer Rizal Tanjung.
The opening ceremony will be held at Padang Padang this Sunday, July 15th and marks the first day of the six-week event waiting period. The heat drawing presentation will begin promptly at 3 p.m., followed by a press conference with the surfers and contest organizers. The evening will conclude with a traditional Balinese Kecak dance performance. Rip Curl will host a beach barbeque for everyone in attendance.
During the official heat drawing each surfer in the event will be called up on stage to choose a number out of the Rip Curl Cup trophy and determine who he will surf against in the opening round. Once the draw has been set, it's simply a matter of waiting for a massive Indian Ocean swell to stir the mythical wave at Padang to life.
Padang Beach Cleanup
The Rip Curl team riders for a beach cleanup at Padang Padang beach on Friday, July 13, at 8 am. The cleanup was open to anyone who wanted to join. The Cleanup teams collected trash from the beach, the car park, and the valley behind the beach. The cleanup was organised to help maintain one of Bali's most beautiful beaches and the home of the Rip Curl Cup.
You don't have to be in Bali to see the best barrel-riding show of the year. Check the Rip Curl Cup website to see the official event status and find out when "It's On." On contest day, Padang Cup fans around the world can watch round by round video highlights on the site. Also check the website for in-depth interviews with all the invited surfers and daily video features on all the hottest surfing, parties and happening in Bali during the waiting period. See it all at www.RipCurl.com.
Buy your Rip Curl Cup T-shirt and help protect Bali's waves
Every year the Padang Cup T-shirt is one of the most popular items in Rip Curl stores. This year, when you buy your official event T-shirt, you are also helping to protect the waves at world-famous Uluwatu and Padang Padang. For every Padang Cup event T-shirt sold, Rip Curl will donate a portion of proceeds to Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu (ESRU), the environmental organization creating sustainable waste management solutions at Uluwatu beach. Last year Rip Curl donated IDR 54 million (US$5,465) to ESRU from the sale of the 2011 Padang Cup T-shirt. Purchase your piece of surfing history and help us ensure that the perfect tubes of Uluwatu and Padang Padang are clean and healthy for generations to come.
About the Rip Curl Cup
Now in its ninth year, the Rip Curl Cup Invitational at Padang Padang is Indonesia's longest-running surfing competition and the only ISC tour event featuring top international surfers alongside Indonesia's best. The field of 32 surfers is split equally between 16 of Indonesia's all-time greatest and 16 of the world's best barrel riders. This invitational format, along with the allure of the wave at Padang and a $10,000 prize purse, makes the Rip Curl Cup the most anticipated event of the Indonesian surf season.
For 2012, Rip Curl has extended the event waiting-period to a grand total of six weeks to ensure catching an epic swell for the "one-day, one-swell" event. This year's window will run from July 15th through Aug. 26th and the contest will be run entirely on the chosen day. When contest directors see an ideal "Padang swell" in the forecast, they will give the green light and the 32 competitors will have 24 hours to make it to Bali's Bukit Peninsula.
Real-time contest status and updates can be found at the event website.
See the 2012 Rip Curl Cup event trailer at: http://youtu.be/eQUZBeRoxW4