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This year's Padang Cup event T-Shirt was created by American artist Kevin Walsh, 28, from Santa Cruz, California, a town rich in surfing heritage. Walsh's artwork is well known and highly regarded in the surfing world. He has designed posters for such classic events as the World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach (part of the ASP Tour's Triple Crown of Surfing) and the Cold Water Classic at Santa Cruz's iconic pointbreak of Steamer Lane. Walsh has painted custom surfboards for some of the world's top professional surfers, and on any massive swell at Teahupoo or Maverick's you are bound to see a Stretch tow board bearing one of his ocean-inspired designs. Walsh has also designed rock posters for such musical acts as Jack Johnson and Metallica.
Every year the Padang Cup T-shirt is one of the most popular items in Rip Curl stores. This year, when you buy your official event T-shirt, you are also helping to protect the waves at world-famous Uluwatu and Padang Padang. For every Padang Cup event T-shirt sold, Rip Curl will donate a portion of proceeds to Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu (ESRU), the environmental organization creating sustainable waste management solutions at Uluwatu beach. Last year Rip Curl donated IDR 54 million (US$5,465) to ESRU from the sale of the 2011 Padang Cup T-shirt. Purchase your piece of surfing history and help us ensure that the perfect tubes of Uluwatu and Padang Padang are clean and healthy for generations to come.