August 10th, 2013
Padang Padang, Bali – The 2013 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang Invitational has been called ON for this Sunday (August 11th). A massive southwest swell has lit up the southern coast of Bali, and the waves at Padang Padang have finally reached the world-class caliber required to run the 10-year anniversary of Asia's most prestigious surf contest.
Thirty-two of the best barrel riders in the world, including defending champion Chris Ward (USA), Ry Craike (Aus), Rizal Tandjung (Bali), Lee Wilson (Bali) and Mark Healey (Hawaii), have gathered at Padang Padang and are prepared to battle it out.
The drama begins at 6:30 AM Sunday morning with Heat 1: Christian Fletcher (USA), Dylan Longbottom (Australia), Pepen Hendrik (Bali) and 2-time event champion Lee Wilson (Bali).
You can now watch all the surfing action from the Rip Curl Cup LIVE on the event website at www.live.ripcurl.com or via the Rip Curl Live Events App for iPhone.
2013 Rip Curl Cup opening-round heat draw:
Heat 1: Christian Fletcher (USA), Dylan Longbottom (Australia), Pepen Hendrik (Bali), Lee Wilson (Bali).
Heat 2: Usman Trioko (Lombok), Alik Rudiarta (Bali), Luke Hynd (Australia), Kevin Bourez (Tahiti).
Heat 3: Mega Semadhi (Bali), Betet Merta (Bali), Kekoa Bacalso (Hawaii), Ricardo Christie (NZ).
Heat 4: Wayan Gobleg (Bali), Mustofa Jeksen (Bali), Kane Faint (Australia), Ian Cosenza (Brazil).
Heat 5: Made Lana (Bali), Dede Suryana (Java), Mark Healey (Hawaii), Ry Craike (Australia).
Heat 6: Rizal Tandjung (Bali), Bol Adi Putra (Bali), Chris Ward (USA), Jack Robinson (Australia).
Heat 7: Raditya Rondi (Bali), Rahtu Suargita (Bali), Laurie Towner (Australia), Brad Gerlach (USA).
Heat 8: Garut Widiarta (Bali), Marlon Gerber (Bali), Jacob Willcox (Australia), Sean Peggs (NZ).