Bali, Indonesia – Tuesday, 26 June 2018: The world’s best tube riders are ready to gather at Bali’s most hallowed wave on Sunday, July 1st for the Rip Curl Cup Opening Ceremony. All are welcome to attend the traditional festivities at Padang Padang to bless the event with good waves and pray for the safety of the competing athletes. 

Among the international surf stars receiving one of the coveted Rip Curl Cup invites are Mason Ho (HAW), Jack Freestone (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA), Gearoid McDaid (IRL), Bruno Santos (BRA) and Jack Robinson (AUS). Among the eight Indonesian surfers invited are defending champion Mega Semadhi, 2X Indonesian National Champion and 2X Rip Curl Cup Champ Lee Wilson, and 2014 champ Garut Widiarta. 

The Rip Curl Cup Opening Ceremony marks the start of the one-month event holding period. The celebration will begin promptly at 3 PM, followed by a meet and greet with the surfers and contest organizers. The evening will conclude with a traditional Balinese Kecak dance performance. 

All media wishing to attend this event may RSVP to by Friday, June 29th to secure their credentials. 

Following is the complete surfer lineup for the 2018 Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang: 

International Surfers: 

Jay Davies (AUS) 

Jack Freestone (AUS) 

Mason Ho (HAW) 

Damien Hobgood (USA) 

Gearoid McDaid (IRL) 

Bruno Santos (BRA) 

Jack Robinson (AUS) 

Jacob Willcox (AUS) 

Indonesian Surfers: 

Bol Adi Putra 

Mega Artana 

Mustofa Jeksen 

Alik Rudiarta 

Mega Semadhi 

Agus “Blacky” Setiawan 

Garut Widiarta 

Lee Wilson 

Rip Curl Planet Beach Cleanup 

Join Rip Curl surfers and crew for a beach cleanup at Padang Padang Beach on Friday, June 29th at 8 AM. The cleanup is open to anyone who would like to volunteer. Cleanup teams will collect trash from the beach, the car park, and the valley behind the beach. Trash bags and plastic gloves will be provided. Wear shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Come have some fun while cleaning up one of Bali's most beautiful beaches and the home of the Rip Curl Cup. 

Watch the official 2018 event trailer (embeddable) here: 

For access to images, video, press releases and an extensive range of content for use in your coverage of the 2018 Rip Curl Cup, please visit the following Box link: 

The 2018 Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang will be webcast live to the world at Fans can also visit the site to check the latest Padang swell forecast from official event forecaster Surfline, real-time contest status, and video updates from Bali. 


Event Waiting Period 

July 1st – 31st 

Rip Curl Planet Beach Cleanup 

Friday, June 29th at 8 AM, Padang Padang Beach, Bali 

Opening Ceremony 

Sunday, July 1st at 3 PM, Padang Padang Beach, Bali 

1. Meet the surfers 

2. Press conference 

3. Traditional Balinese Kecak Dance 

Official Rip Curl Cup Party 

Friday, July 27th 

Live performance by special guest at Ulu Cliff House 

The Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2018 is sponsored by: GoPro, BINTANG, ALBENS CIDER, S RESORT HIDDEN VALLEY, ULUWATU CLIFF HOUSE and official internet provider BIZNET. 

Media partners: FUEL TV, SurfTime and 

Official Surf Forecast Partner: 

Rip Curl is proud to support Project Clean Uluwatu, the non-profit organization working to keep Bali’s beaches clean and safe.