The 2011 inaugural Rip Curl Cup invitational is an invite only tube riding contest at Padang Padang in Bali. The contest is a one day only event and is set to be held any day that the conditions look to be perfect from July 10th through August 14th. Now in it’s 8th year, the Rip Curl Cup Invitational is Indonesia’s longest running surfing competition and the only ISC tour event featuring top international surfers along with Indonesia’s best tube riders. Among the international invitees is our own Chris Ward. Chris proved himself worthy for this event back in 2008 when the early rounds for the Rip Curl Search Indonesia were held in perfect Padang Padang lefts. Chris was clearly a standout in the left hand tubes and ended up placing 3rd in the entire event behind Bruce Irons and Fred Patacchia , which was finished at Uluwatu. Chris is one of thirty two invitees, as well as one of the only two from the USA (besides Hawaii). The other being Ryan Turner.
The invitees are as follows:
INDONESIA: Rizal Tanjung, Pepen Hendrik, Wayan Merta, Garut Widiarta, Lee Wilson, Dede Suryana, Putra Hermawan, Made Lana, Gobleg Suyadnya, Made Lapur, Mega Semadhi, Raditya Rondi, Marlon Gerber, Oney Anwar, Mustafa Jeksen, Made “BOL” Adi Putra. INTERNATIONAL: Jamie O Brien (HI), Alex Smith (HI), Flynn Novak (HI), Chris Ward (USA), Luke Stedman (AUS), Anthony Walsh (AUS), Kane Faint (AUS), Mikala Jones (HI), Morehu Roberts (NZ), Kalani Chapman (HI), Bruno Santos (BRA), Tom Lowe (UK), Ryan Turner (USA), Laurie Towner (AUS), Dean Morrison (AUS), Wild Card (???)

Ward pulling in at Padang Padang during the Rip Curl Search Indonesia in 2008.
Chris and some of the boys at the opening ceremony.
The Kecak Dance is a tradition among the contest's opening ceremony.
Another photo of the Kecak Dance.
Ward snapping at Padang back in 08
What a better place to hold a tube riding event.