Kuta, Bali – Kuta Beach is preparing for the best surfers from across Asia to make landfall this weekend (Oct. 8-9) for the 2011 Rip Curl Surf & Music Festival. In addition to being the final stop of the 2011 ISC Pro Tour and the Asian GromSearch National Finals, the Rip Curl Surf & Music Festival is also the fifth of seven event stops on the 2011 Asian Surfing Championship Tour. Surfers from as far away as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and the Philippines will be competing.
As an ASC Tour event, the Rip Curl Surf & Music Festival represents valuable tour points in the race between current ratings leader Raditya Rondi (Bali) and Pepen Hendrik (Bali), Marlon Gerber (Bali) and Lee Wilson (Bali), who are all nipping at his heels.
Rip Curl has also announced the addition of the Mirage Air Show over the weekend, with a 5 million IDR prize purse. There will also be a launch party for the new Rip Curl Mirage Boardshorts on Saturday night at Brewer’s Beer Garden in Legian with a screening of the new Rip Curl Search documentary, “Float,” which chronicles last year’s Tip2Tip mission throughout Indonesia.
And, of course, as Bali’s largest boardsports and beach concert party, the Rip Curl Surf & Music Festival will conclude on Sunday night, after the finals of the surfing competition, with an award-winning lineup of some of Indonesia’s best bands on the sands of Kuta Beach.
“This is one of the biggest parties of the year, for sure,” Kuta local and ISC surfer Garut Widiarta said. “We look forward to this concert all year long. I’m definitely going to hang out for the show after the contest. You’d be crazy to miss it!”
Rip Curl & Brewer’s “Green Beer Garden”
In an effort to reduce plastic waste, Rip Curl and Brewer’s Beer Garden have teamed up to produce reusable beer mugs for this year’s Surf and Music Festival. Everyone will receive a reusable beer mug with the purchase of his or her first beer during the weekend festival. Be sure to keep your reusable Rip Curl event mug as a souvenir and remember you won’t be served any refills without it!
Surfing won’t be the only boardsport on showcase at Halfway Beach during the Surf & Music Festival. Indonesia’s top skaters will be on hand competing on the massive halfpipe and street course set up in front of the beach. With a 5 million IDR prize purse up for grabs, you can be sure the skaters will be going big.
Mirage Boardshort and Surfboard Test Drive Center
Rip Curl will set up a Surfboard Test-Drive Center at Kuta’s Halfway Beach, giving everyone the opportunity to try out the latest Rip Curl Surfboards from top shapers like DHD, EMERY, Tokoro, T. Patterson, Phil Byrne. Over 50 boards in all shapes and sizes will be available to take for a spin during the weekend. Also Top shaper from Australia Alan Emery will be on-hand to show off his latest models and give advice to surfers looking to purchase a new board. In addition, the latest Mirage boardshorts will also be available to try out. Feel what it’s like to surf in the most lightweight, flexible boardshorts on the market!
Band Lineup and Schedule
All musical performances will take place Sunday beginning at 6 pm, following the ISC awards ceremony. The lineup is:
King Of Panda: The festival’s opening act, this band officially formed in July of 2008. Also known as the “King of Teenagers” and “The King of Youngsters,” the band strives to be a role model for youth in a positive way. King of Panda’s genre is a pop/punk/hardcore mixture. In every song there are breakdowns, group vocals and singalongs.
Nymphea: People say that Nymphea has one of the most impressive female vocalists in Indonesia. With a powerful character that combines gracefully with the music arrangements and sounds, Nymphea has gone on to commercial success, including distribution by one of Indonesia’s major labels, Virgo Ramayana Records.
Teenage Death Star: Formed in Bandung in late 2001, Teenage Death Star combines a touch of rock n ‘roll with feedback noise, crunchy riff guitar, and a 70’s punk style to maximum raw power. Amplifier worship, booze, liquor, magic fog, sweat, crowd, smell, teens spirit. Here we go Teenage Death Star!
Endank Soekamti: Another rock band from Yogyakarta, Endank Soekamti consists of Ari (drums), Dori (guitar) and Erik (bass and vocals). The band’s genre could best be described as punk, though not always carrying its fierce ideology. The lyrics impress a funny, sometimes coarse and eccentric vibe – a typical Yogyakarta humor.
Shaggy Dog: The popular Jogja-based band is the headline act at this year’s Surf & Music Festival. Heru, Richard, Raymond, Bandizt, Lilik and Yoyo call the music they “Doggy Stylee,” a blend of several musical elements, including ska, reggae, jazz, swing and rock n ‘roll.
The Rip Curl Surf & Music festival 2011 is sponsored by Beach Hut, GUS, Smirnoff Ice. With media support by MAXIM, FHM, TRAX, Alam TV, JUICE, Area, SISTER, Oz radio Bali, Surf Time, Lines, Magic Wave, Baliwaves, Royal Video Magazine and sanctioned by the Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championships and Asian Surfing Championship.