All photos by Nate Lawrence
The beach at Padang was packed with people eager to watch "the ultimate tuberiding contest." They were not disappointed.
Jamie O'Brien could not miss the opportunity to surf empty Padang Padang. He had a couple solid heats before losing in the semis.
The only woman in the event, Bethany Hamilton, made it to the quarters, beating Ryan Hipwood along the way.
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.”
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.”