Mega Semadhi led the final of last year's Rip Curl Cup until seconds from the klaxon, only for Chris Ward to snatch away the win on the last set of the day. This year, the Balinese local's luck was reversed when he locked into a a classic late afternoon Padang-Padang barrel with one minute and 40 seconds remaining, leapfrogging from third place into the lead and winning the much sought after title.
"This win means so much to me, here at my home and in front of my family, and because of last year too”, said Semadhi. “In those final minutes I was trying to be patient, thinking that if I could lose in the final minutes like last year, I could also be the one to win in the last minute too. When that last set came in I said not this one, not this one, I gotta pick the right one. And then it was like a fairly tale come true when I heard the score and that I won.”
Semadhi, who is currently in training to become a Hindu priest, dominated throughout the day, claiming the only 10 point ride of the contest with an implausibly long double tube ride, which banished other epic barrels into the realms of insignificance.
One of the big surprises of the event came in the form of 16 year old Jacob Willcox, from Margaret River, who finished runner up. Willcox looked relaxed in the often intimidating lineup, though this is hardly surprising given that The Box is just a short paddle from his house. He won his first round heat by taking down locals Garut Widiarta and Marlon Gerber, bested Rizal Tandjung and Dede Suryana in the quarterfinals, and then Laurie Towner and Sean Peggs in the semifinals to get his Finals berth.
“This is my first time in Bali and first time to surf Padang-Padang, so I’m super stoked to come in second and happy for Mega, because he really deserved the win,” said Willcox. “It’s a great wave, similar to some of our barrelling waves back home, so I felt at home out there. It was great to be out there with the Bali boys, they were all ripping, and it was such a close final and they were all chatting with each other and stuff. This is definitely one of my best experiences ever at a contest!”
Rip Curl SEA CEO, Jeff Anderson, was all smiles after the trophy presentation, saying, “We had to get tough some heats during round one, but from there it just got better and better. Mega has been in every contest…every single contest we’ve had at Padang-Padang. I talked to him after he won his semifinal heat and told him ‘Mega, this is your year, you’re going to win it this year,’ I just had the feeling he could do it. He did have a bit of a struggle in the final, but that last wave came and it was magic. The whole crowd was behind him, it was just perfect! I couldn't be happier!”
2013 Rip Curl Cup Championship Final Results
1. Mega Semadhi (IND) 16.45 points
2. Jacob Willcox (AUS) 14.90 points
3. Raditya Rondi (IND) 14.90 points
4. Alik Rudiarta (IND) 11.90 points
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