Mason Ho and Mega Semadhi Win Inaugural Rip Curl X GoPro Challenge
After four weeks of surfing action and suspense, the winners of the Rip Curl x GoPro Challenge were finally revealed at the official Rip Curl Cup Wrap Party at Ulu Cliffhouse in Bali on Friday night.
Ho’s 1-minute POV journey from a wild dirtbike and surf adventure with fellow Rip Curl Cup competitor Sheldon Paishon to a far flung wave in remote Indonesia earned him top honors. Fellow video finalist Garut Widiarta (BALI) submitted a stylish and colorful edit from a Rip Curl Cup warmup session in Bali, and Nathan Florence (HAW) also earned finalist honors for his jazzy slow-mo perspectives from inside the tube at Padang Padang, also captured while preparing for the Rip Curl Cup.
“I’ve had my eye on the Rip Curl x GoPro Challenge since the second I heard about it,” Ho said after receiving his winner’s check on stage. “Thank you so much to GoPro and Rip Curl Asia for putting on this insane Challenge.”
Meanwhile, local Bali surfer Mega Semadhi took top honors and USD $500 for his artistic portrait of a surfer bobbing in the lineup, as viewed from both above and below the water. Semadhi titled his photo “Ocean’s Serenity” and beat out commendable high-action POV barrel shots from Widiarta and Keito Matsuoka (JPN).
“I never had the opportunity to use a GoPro before this Challenge, so this was a big learning process for me,” Semadhi explained.