Rip Curl Padang Cup
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!”
MOREHU POST PADANG CUP AND A SNEAKY TRIP TO G-LAND ON THE SWELL OF THE SEASON.