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"I knew I had it," Ward said. "I knew it was an 8.5 for sure. Last year I had an onshore heat and didn't even get barreled and lost in the first round. Today it was a completely different story. I was feeling it all day out there. This year Padang gave me the waves."© 2014 Rip Curl
23-year-old Mega Semadhi had put on a tube-riding clinic in each heat he surfed during the day, drawing massive cheers from his fans gathered on Padang-Padang Beach and lining the cliffs above Bali's most infamous tube making machine, scoring several 9 point waves on his run to the final, where he scored the day's first perfect 10 with his first wave. He held the lead for 49 minutes of the 50 minute final, only to get nipped by Ward who somehow exited an impossibly deep barrel on his backside to score a perfect 10 of his own to snatch the win from Semadhi. "If you win you win, if you lose you lose," said Semadhi, who was surfing in the second Rip Curl Cup Final of his career. "Either way, it's an epic day. From 32 surfers all the way to four, I got to surf four heats. That's more than two hours surfing perfect empty Padang Padang. That's a gift right there."© 2014 Rip Curl
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith