This is Ganti. Bol and Garut's uncle. He's one of the original surfers to surf Padang. This shot was from the 2007 contest. Flawless conditions.
Andy Irons. July 30th, 2006. Hands down the best surfing ever to go down at Padang.
The view from the cliff makes Padang one of the best arenas in the world.
Andy Irons reaffirming my claim from image 2
Made Adi Putra. Also known as Bol. Look for him on the podium tomorrow afternoon.
I love Padang from every angle. It's definitely one of the most photogenic waves in the world.
A recent shot from the "best" day we had some far in 2011. Only 3-4 feet.
Rizal Tanjung is the king of Padang. He really wants to take it this year. His 1st heat is stacked.
Mustafa Jekson exiting a barrel in the 2007 contest. This kid has been getting shots at Padang since he was 3 feet tall. He's as dangerous out there as anyone. Probably even more this year because his life long sponsor, Quiksilver, just dropped him this year. Prediction: Mustofa wins the event and Rip Curl picks him up.
The craziest woman surfing I've witnessed from the water. Bethany Hamilton back in 2009
Hopefully there won't be any boats on the reef for this years comp.
Some random guy. Enjoying the benefits of his Bali vacation
Bol again. Looking way too comfortable.
You usually have to dodge and weave around the water photogs on any given day at Padang. But not at the Rip Curl Cup. No water photogs are allowed during the event. So leave your water housing at home fellas.
Too bad this angle is now off limits. Construction never stops in Bali. A bunch of workers are sleeping in this little hut and using the surrounding area for their toilet. But don't worry, next year you can sip soy lattes from this viewpoint.
I don't know why all these photos of Bol keep showing up. I guess he's gotten the best waves out there over the years. My prediction my have to change to Bol winning the comp. But Mustafa will still get sponsored by Rip Curl.
Dede Suryana. One of the most comfortable backside surfers out at Padang.
Jamie O'Brien. Best barrel rider in the world.