The swell fired up over night to reveal perfect 4 to 5 foot sets at Padang Padang at first light on Thursday, July 19. However, with a large high tide rising quickly all morning and long waits between sets, the contest was called off for the day.
Meanwhile, swarms of people showed up to Padang Padang beach on Thursday in hopes of watching the Ultimate Tuberiding Contest. You could hardly put one foot down on the sand without stepping on someone. All the spectators on the beach were treated to a sneak preview of the Padang Cup.
A pack of this year’s contestants including Rizal Tanjung, Bol Adi Putra, Garut Widiarta, Bruno Santos, Kalani Chapman and Anthony Walsh all got barreled silly. Flynn Novak and Mustofa Jeksen even shared a double barrel and got spit out onto the shoulder together. Half of this year’s 32 invited surfers were out there warming up their tube stance and putting on a show. If you think Thursday’s spitting tubes look good, just wait until they hold the contest!
The next call is 7 a.m Indo time and Indo is seven hours ahead of UK time… For more pics and vid the event site is here.