Seeing the latest bounty of images to spill from the Rip Curl Cup waiting period, the first question that comes to mind is, “Why the @#%$ didn’t they run the contest?” Well, photos can be a bit deceiving. There were certainly some beautiful sets cracking over the reef at Padang Padang during the peak of the swell last Saturday, but the size and consistency fell shy of the discerning standards of the “Ultimate Tuberiding Contest.”
The Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang is kind of like that friend of yours who only drinks beer from award-winning microbreweries; or will only dine at restaurants that are Zagat rated; or only dates supermodels. Call them snobs, but for the guys in the Rip Curl Cup only the finest barrels will do. Here are 10 shots of the sub-par conditions the 32 invitees have had to endure during the past week of the waiting period.
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This is Oney Anwar's home break in Sumbawa. Last week the Padang Cup invitee returned home to visit family and surf in a local contest. A crew of fellow invitees, including Chris Ward, Garut Widiarta, Flynn Novak and Tom Lowe, tagged along and invaded the idyllic lineup.
On the flight over from Bali everyone's boards got left behind, except for Garut and Wardo's. Garut, taking full advantage of his good fortune.
The seats are sticky, the plane rattles, and let's not even get into the food. Chris Ward tries to sleep through the inter-island flight on one of Indonesia's first-rate airlines.
Oney Anwar won the local government-sponsored comp at his home break last week. This is how he did it.
Meanwhile back in Bali, this is the view the boys staying at the Rip Curl team house in Uluwatu had to wake up to every day.
After the decision was made not to run the contest early Saturday morning, Flynn Novak was the first to sprint out to the lineup. He was out there by himself for a good thirty minutes with waves like this before anyone else decided to join in.
This is not Padang Padang, but you definitely could have run “The Ultimate Tuberiding Contest” contest here over the weekend. Garut explores one of countless kegs that rolled through on Saturday.