Rip Curl has enlisted 3x WSL World Champion Mick Fanning to select half the international field
In less than a fortnight the best barrel riders on the world will converge at Padang Padang in Bali for the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2019. However, apart from defending Champion Jack Robinson (AUS), precisely who those invited surfers are going to remain a mystery.
Rip Curl has enlisted 3x WSL World Champion Mick Fanning to pick half the international field for this year’s contest. Fanning, currently retired from regular competition on the WSL’s elite Championship Tour, relished the chance to pick four international competitors who he was most excited to observe compete within the epic barrels Padang Padang and also the Rip Curl Cup are renowned for.
“Who better to decide who should compete in the ultimate Tuberiding Contest than a guy who systematically put on some of the greatest performances in a jersey from Supertubos to Pipeline?” said Event Director James Hendy. “We are honoured to have mick make his picks for the Rip Curl Cup this year and excited to announce the full list of sixteen invited surfers at the end of the month.”
Fanning can announce his four choices Via Social Media on Thursday, 20 June. the complete list of sixteen invited surfers – eight of Indonesia’s finest and eight of the world’s best barrel riders – will be announced at the Rip Curl Cup Opening Ceremony on the thirtieth of June at Padang Padang.
Surf fans around the world are currently counting down the times because the WSL teams with Rip Curl to bring all the drama and unexcelled action of the “Ultimate Tuberiding Contest” to a huge world audience for a fourth straight year.
“WSL is excited to see the Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang and watch Indonesia’s best attack some International tube riding specialists at one of the world’s most mystical waves,” said WSL Australia, Asia GM Andrew Stark. “We are excited to be operating with Rip Curl on this distinctive specialty event once more in 2019.”
Among the world’s best barrel riders confirmed to push the boundaries of tuberiding in pursuit of the celebrated title are defending Champion Jack Robinson (AUS). Among the national surfboarding heroes already confirmed to represent Indonesia are 2x Rip Curl Cup Champion Mega Semadhi, Indonesian surfboarding ambassador and 2014 Rip Curl Cup Champion Garut Widiarta, 5x finalist and 2x Champion Bol Adi Putra, and native Uluwatu dark horse Agus “Blacky” Setiawan, who shocked the world last year by surfboarding his way from the Trials all the way to a runner-up finish behind Robinson within the Championship Final.
As the top four placing native surfers last year, Semadhi, Widiarta, Adi Putra and Setiawan all earned automatic entries to the 2019 Rip Curl Cup main event. The four remaining Indonesian surfer spots are going to be determined by the native Trials, which already completed Rounds one at Padang earlier in June, and are set to conclude the last week of June at Padang Padang.
The holding period for the 2019 Rip Curl Cup runs from first – thirty first of July, a full month throughout the height of Indonesia’s prime swell season, providing the event with the most effective odds of scoring the cavernous jade barrels the Bahasa Pipeline is world-famous for.
With a comparatively slow begin to the surf season in Indonesia this year, legendary Bali surfer and 5x Rip Curl Cup finalist Bol Adi Putra expects the Indian Ocean is set to kick into high gear simply in time for the year’s most anticipated barrel-riding face-off.
“We haven’t had a lot of big swells so far this early season, like only one or 2 days with real waves at Padang,” Adi Putra said. “That’s always a great sign that there will be a lot of big swells in July. It feels like Padang is resting and waiting to turn on with a special day for the Rip Curl Cup.”
The 2019 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang is webcast LIVE to the globe at Ripcurl.Com. Fans also can visit the site to see the official event swell forecast, real-time contest standing, and video updates from Bali.working to improve the Waste Management System in Pecatu village along side Badan Usaha Catu Swero to keep Pecatu/Uluwatu beaches and area clean and safe.
Mick Fanning’s Transcript
Hi guys, how you going? Mick Fanning here. Got a little bit of an announcement, Rip Curl Indonesia has asked me to come up with four people to surf in the Padang cup.
My four people are as follows:
Number one Benji Brand. Benji’s a kid he’s an incredible tube rider, he’s had tube of the year at these crazy lefts. So I’d love to see him in Padang and yeah putting it to the boys.
Next one, another kid who’s gone absolutely nuts in the last sort of six months, put some of the best highlights out of Hawaii this year and that’s Baron Mamiya. Solid kid who just to knows how to ride the tube and I think he’s going to be incredible out somewhere like Padang.
The last two are two guys that I love, they are two guys that I think people will be psyched to see. First one is Kai Otton, Kia always one of those places (people) when it does get heavy or is in big tubes he’s one of those guys who always sends and all that comes up with a highlight reel and he will talk a whole lot of rubbish which should be entertaining
And the other person they go with Kai Taj Burrows. Taj has retired for a few years now and he can ride the tube as anyone in the world, so especially to get Taj and Kai together and I’ll be talking so much rubbish and just give it to each other so that’s going to be an extra entertaining.
There my four picks for this year’s 2009 a Rip Curl Padang Cup. Hope you tune in and hope you have fun.