Chris Ward Wins Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang

posted by / Event, News, Photos / August 9, 2012

All photos by Nate Lawrence

The beach at Padang was packed with people eager to watch "the ultimate tuberiding contest." They were not disappointed.

The beach at Padang was packed with people eager to watch "the ultimate tuberiding contest." They were not disappointed.

Padang Padang dished out classic conditions for this year's event.

Padang Padang dished out classic conditions for this year's event.

Jamie O'Brien could not miss the opportunity to surf empty Padang Padang. He had a couple solid heats before losing in the semis.

Jamie O'Brien could not miss the opportunity to surf empty Padang Padang. He had a couple solid heats before losing in the semis.

Jamie O

Jamie O

The only woman in the event, Bethany Hamilton, made it to the quarters, beating Ryan Hipwood along the way.

The only woman in the event, Bethany Hamilton, made it to the quarters, beating Ryan Hipwood along the way.

Beautiful beaches attracts beautiful women.

Beautiful beaches attracts beautiful women.

Ry Craike looked at home in Padang's hollow tubes. He finished the event in third place.

Ry Craike looked at home in Padang's hollow tubes. He finished the event in third place.

Bukit local Mega Semadhi had the lead the entire final but was outdone by Wardo's last-minute perfect 10.

Bukit local Mega Semadhi had the lead the entire final but was outdone by Wardo's last-minute perfect 10.

Mega Semadhi keeps things in perspective, "I got to surf four heats. That’s more than two hours surfing perfect, empty Padang Padang. That's a gift right there.”

Mega Semadhi keeps things in perspective, "I got to surf four heats. That’s more than two hours surfing perfect, empty Padang Padang. That's a gift right there.”

Again, the girls love Padang.

Again, the girls love Padang.

Wardo en route to a last-minute ten-point ride and a well-deserved win at Bali's famed Padang reef.

Wardo en route to a last-minute ten-point ride and a well-deserved win at Bali's famed Padang reef.

There's Wardo.

There's Wardo.

After getting carried onto the stage Wardo got on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. He said, "I told myself if I won this contest I was gonna do this right here on the stage. So I guess it was meant to be.”

After getting carried onto the stage, Wardo got on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. He said, "I told myself if I won this contest I was gonna do this right here on the stage. So I guess it was meant to be.”

Chris Ward, stoked to win the most prestigious event on the island of the gods.

Chris Ward, stoked to win the most prestigious event on the island of the gods.


 

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6 Responses to “Chris Ward Wins Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang”

  1. Adam says:

    The ledgend of Wardo continues!

  2. abc says:

    nice to see 1 of the local surfers made it into the slideshow

  3. Ben says:

    Here’s what’s really fvcked up: 6 gs for an event win in perfect surf, 100 gs for winning in Huntington slop. Priorities, anyone?

  4. Adam says:

    Ben, do you know how much merch is sold at US Open. HSS sells 75% of the boards they sell for the whole year during that 1 week.

  5. Ben says:

    Well aware of the merchandise sold. Second question: Do I give a shit?

  6. Jim says:

    Best contest ever!

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