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Rip Curl Cup Surfers Gather in Bali as Potential Contest Swell Looms
An A-list of tuberiding specialists gathered at Padang Padang beach on Sunday for the opening ceremony of the Rip Curl Cup 2018. And a potential “green light” swell could be arriving not far on their heels.
“To me, it’s all luck,” said two-time Rip Curl Cup Champion Lee Wilson (IND). “Everyone in the event surfs amazing, and if it runs, the wave is going to be amazing, so we’ll just see whose day it is when the waves come. The wave chooses the champion.”
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 swell to arrive during the waiting period. Safe to say, the surfers were also praying for a few 10-point barrels and a Rip Curl Cup trophy.
“Surfing and soccer are the two biggest sports in my country,” said Brazilian invitee Bruno Santos. “Everyone is watching Brazil in the World Cup right now, hoping they can win back the title. It would be my dream to bring home that beautiful Rip Curl Cup trophy to Brazil at the same time.”
Several Rip Curl Cup swells are on the horizon according to official event surf forecaster Surfline, with the first pulse scheduled to hit Padang July 5th-8th. According to Surfline, “these overlapping swells will be quite ‘south’ at around 200 degrees, and partially to heavily shadowed for Padang.” The second and more significant contest swell is currently forecast to hit Bali on July 13th-14th, “with potential for a strong, long period SW swell” from an ideal westerly direction for Padang (225-210 degrees). Contest directors are monitoring these swells closely should they develop into the proper conditions to run the Rip Curl Cup 2018. Stay tuned to ripcurl.asia for the latest event status.
Following is the official heat draw for the first two rounds of competition at Padang Padang: