Introducing the 2011 Shark Island Challenge

The 2011 Shark Island Challenge

Learn who will be taking on Lester, Ballard, Rissole, Wingnut & co. in the 2011 Shark Island Challenge.

*Update: See the Heat Draw & Swell Forecast.*

2011 Shark Island Challenge Heat Draw
Sunday night saw the official event launch and heat draw for the Bodyboardbet Shark Island Challenge. The launch saw a big crowd turnout and was held at the Rydges Hotel in Cronulla, who are the Presenting Sponsor of the event.

The heat draw is as follows:
Heat 1 – Damian Martin (NSW), Joe Clarke (QLD), Nick Ormerod (QLD), Pierre Louis Costes (France), Shaun Pyne (NSW)

Heat 2 – Sam Strachan (NSW), Jacob Romero (Hawaii), Mike Stewart (Hawaii), David Winchester (NSW), Dave Ballard (NSW)

Heat 3 – Chase O’Leary (NSW), Andrew Lester (NSW), Guilherme Tamega (Brazil), Ben Player (NSW), Christian Riguccini (NSW)

Heat 4 – Damian King (NSW), Ryan Hardy (WA), Adam ‘Wingnut’ Smith (NSW), Mitch Rawlins (QLD), Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii)

The event format will see the top two riders from each heat progress to the four man semi-finals with the top two riders from each semi-final then progressing to a four man final.

The swell forecast for this week has been downgraded though there is still a chance the event could run so please check or follow updates at

The 2011 BodyboardBet Shark Island Challenge: 2nd June – 25th July.

An IBA specialty event presented by RYDGES and supported by Emerald, Riptide, Paramount Concrete and Uptown Group.
The 2011 BodyboardBet Shark Island Challenge sanctioned by the IBA is set to run as a bodyboarding specialty event in the 2-month break period of the GSS World Tour.
June 2nd will see the kick-off to this spectacular event in the southern suburbs of Sydney at Cronulla. The waiting period will extend through ’til the 25th July, during that time we will be seeking the best day of swell for the SIC 2011 to get the green light. The event will be a one-day event consisting of 16 invitees from around the world. There will also be a trials event at the beginning of this waiting period with the Top 4 finalists joining the 16 invitees to tackle the infamous Shark Island.

The 16 invitee’s are as listed:
Locals: Andrew Lester, Dave Ballard, Christian “Rissole” Riguccini – (1st place 1999), Adam “Wingnut” Smith, Sam Strachan & Shaun Pyne.

Australian: Ryan Hardy – (1st place 2010 & 2006), Ben Player – (1st place 2007 & 2008) , Dave Winchester , Damian King (1st place 2001) & Mitch Rawlins.

Internationals: Mike Stewart (1st place 2000), Jeff Hubbard, Guilherme Tamega (1st place 2002, 2003 & 2004) , Pierre-Louis Costes & Jared Houston.

These competitors will be fighting it out for a cash pool of $10,000 and the notoriety of being crowned the 2011 Shark Island Challenge Champion!

The Brett Young Memorial Trials event will be held on the 2nd or 3rd June on the best swell day. The swell forecast is looking very promising for Thursday and Friday with an east swell in the 4-6ft range with offshore winds. This one-day event will consist of 64 competitors from around the globe.

The official 2011 Bodyboardbet Shark Island Challenge launch night will be held on Sunday 5th June at 6pm at Rydges Hotel in Cronulla. This is where the heat draw will be taking place, with the majority of the 20 competitors in attendance along with the announcement of the live betting odds through

All event information will be on or follow updates at

Any direct enquiries to be directed to Contest Director, Alex Leon on

Bodyboardbet is a partnership between the IBA and Betezy. It is the first bookmaker to offer dedicated live betting for the sport of bodyboarding. Bodyboardbet offers the ability to place bets over the telephone or the Internet, not only for the leading bodyboarding events, also for thoroughbred racing, harness racing and greyhounds as well as a wide range of Australian and International sports (i.e. NRL, AFL, Cricket, ASP Surfing, Tennis and many others).

Bodyboardbet has a contractual commitment to contribute a percentage of the revenue generated back into the sport of bodyboarding. It is this arrangement that has seen Bodyboardbet come on board as a financial sponsor of the Shark Island Challenge.

Bodyboardbet is offering two special promotions during the waiting period of the Shark Island Challenge. Firstly, when someone becomes a member of Bodyboardbet, their initial deposit is matched dollar for dollar. For example if an account is opened with a $50 deposit, Bodyboardbet will provide an additional $50 of betting credit. Secondly, if an existing account holder refers a friend who opens an account with Bodyboardbet, the referring friend receives $100 of free betting credit.

For the Shark Island Challenge, the following markets will be offered:
– Overall event winner
– Best barrel of the event
– Best aerial punt of the event
– Heat-by-heat betting