Rip Curl Padang Cup

New Zealand Surfing - - 2011 ELEVEN -

The usual surf comp re­quires surfers to com­plete a va­ri­ety of moves in all sorts of con­di­tions, some con­tests are held in surf so bad that most peo­ple wouldn’t even con­sider go­ing out in. En­ter the Rip Curl Padang Cup, held at Bali’s Padang

Padang. The event throws around its motto “It’s on when it’s on” as its mar­ket­ing tool. With a wait­ing pe­riod cov­er­ing the two peak swell months of the In­dian Ocean, the events cri­te­ria is to only run when the waves are ruled “Epic Padang”. Many years con­test or­gan­is­ers have stuck to their guns and not run the event due to surf not reach­ing the re­quired level. With 32 of the worlds best tube rid­ers in­vited to com­pete he who takes home the cov­eted ti­tle also walks away with the re­spect of the surf­ing world as one of the best tube rid­ers. There is no room for fancy tricks at this comp; he who gets shacked the most and deep­est is king. Win­ning a en­try into the event through way of win­ning the Rip Curl Raglan event in 2010 was our very own Morehu Roberts, so with air­fares paid for, all Morehu had to do was head to Bali for two months and wait for some big swell that would see the shel­tered Padang reef come to life. With the ocean re­fus­ing to co-oper­ate the event was can­celled for the year yet Morehu had im­pressed or­gan­is­ers enough on some warm up days to be in­vited back in 2011. Af­ter sev­eral over hyped swells that never even­tu­ated the event fi­nally went down on Au­gust the 8th. Morehu drew an early morn­ing heat on the fuller tide and with the swell in­con­sis­tent he fell vic­tim to waves that didn’t hit the reef prop­erly. The whole ex­pe­ri­ence will put Morehu in good stead for years to come, he talks about his time in Indo and be­ing part of the event. “The first year I went I had mixed emo­tions and didn’t re­ally know what was go­ing on but af­ter meet­ing ev­ery­one that re­laxed me some­what, but even this year I had a lot of jit­ters, es­pe­cially when it came to the other surfers I was up against as they were all world class surfers. Most of them have surfed that wave more than I have, but I was semi re­laxed this year and knew that if I got the right waves I’d do all right. The hard­est part of the whole event was sit­ting around wait­ing for the event to be held won­der­ing if each hyped up swell was gonna bring the good­ness. You couldn’t go any­where else and chase waves, but know­ing that 30 other guys were also miss­ing out made it a lit­tle eas­ier to swal­low. To be able to meet and be­come friends with surfers of that cal­i­bre boosted my con­fi­dence. I was a small fish in a big pond but within a cou­ple of days of semi surf I fig­ured I could mix it with them and also stand my ground in a way. One day when the comp was sup­posed to run but wasn’t con­sis­tent enough I got one hell bar­rel in front of all the other guys, some of the best in the busi­ness and when I pad­dled back out they all gave me a pat on the back, so that made me feel real con­fi­dent, even though I saw some of the best bar­rel rid­ing I’ve ever seen with the lo­cal boys and Jamie O’brien, who was a freak, all surf­ing it amaz­ing. Af­ter the event I went to G-land and other places and what I found was through the con­test, all the surfers had a mu­tual re­spect for each other and would sit and wait when it was your wave, so to be a part of that con­test was awe­some. I just hope I can win a spot in the comp for next year!”



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