The 16 surfer invitations and opening round heat draw will be announced at the Rip Curl Cup Opening Ceremony on Sunday, 30th of June at Padang Padang. Several of the world’s best tube riders will be on hand Sunday for the gathering. All are welcome to attend the traditional festivities at Padang Padang to bless the event with good waves and pray for the safety of the competing athletes.
It was sweet redemption for the 30-year-old Kuta Beach surfer and former Rip Curl Cup Finalist, after narrowly missing out on qualification during last year’s Trials at Padang Padang, when he was eliminated by Uluwatu local Agus “Blacky” Setiawan on a wave before the buzzer.
“This is the first time I've had to qualify for the main event through the Trials and it actually feels amazing,” said Rondi, who used to be a perennial invite to the main invite.
“Padang Padang is the proving grounds for all Balinese surfers. I’m glad the young guys get a chance to get into the main event through the Trials and I’m happy that I proved I still deserve to be here.”
A powerful southwest swell pulsed over the reef at Padang Padang on Friday and groomed 6-foot barrels came thundering over the reef all day. It was without a doubt the best day of surf at Padang Padang so far this year and a welcome sight for the 16 local trialists remaining after Day 1 of Trials competition earlier in June.
In the Final, it was Rondi who stole the show and first place, threading a pair of deep barrels through the inside double up section before getting spat out into the channel, and earning a combined heat score of 13.40. En route to the final, Rondi also scored the highest heat total of the day (14.66) in his Quarterfinal 2 heat. Pressuring Rondi and finishing runner-up in the Final was Bingin local Agus “Dag Dag” Sumertayasa, 25 (12.60), who earned his first-ever invitation to the main event. Finishing in third place was Uluwatu’s Koki Hendrawan, 27 (9.73), and in fourth place was Kuta local Mustofa Jeksen, 31 (8.33).
All four finalists earned berths into the Rip Curl Cup main event. They will join the Top 4 placing locals from last year’s Rip Curl Cup, Agus “Blacky” Setiawan (runner-up in 2018), Bol Adi Putra (3rd place in 2018), Mega Semadhi (4th place in 2018), and Garut Widiarta (equal 7th place in 2018) to represent Indonesia and compete against the world's best tube riders at Padang Padang on the best day of spitting barrels between 1st-31st of July.