July 27th, 2013 – A large Indian Ocean swell forecast to hit Bali on Sunday, July 28th had competitors and contest directors flirting with the idea of running of the Ultimate Tuberiding Contest this weekend. While this weekend's impending swell is the largest swell so far to flare up during the event's six-week waiting period (July 1st – August 15th), contest officials stress that it is still highly unlikely it will be consistent enough to run the ten-year anniversary of the Rip Curl Cup.
“This storm is unusual,” said Magic Seaweed Head Forecaster Ben Freeston. “It's small and relatively weak, but so close by comparison to a typical winter season Indo swell that it'll arrive at a size that's right on the edge of the standard set by previous competition. It's proximity made an early call tricky, but it also means this swell will arrive and leave far more quickly than a normal southern ocean winter blast, offering some great surf but over a very limited window either side of an overnight peak.”
Many of the 32 invited surfers – 16 of Indonesia’s best and 16 of the world’s top tube riders – are already in Bali waiting to catch this swell. The rest, including defending champion Chris Ward (USA), Kekoa Bacalso (Hawaii), Jacob Willcox (Australia) and more will be descending on Bali this week to take advantage of this promising swell.