NMD Shark Island Challenge

To provide the event with the best waves possible, the 2012 NMD Shark Island Challenge has two waiting periods this year.  The first is already underway; beginning on the 24th of April to the 14th of May.

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Ben Player // Photo by Ray Collins

The International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) welcomes you to the 2012 NMD Shark Island Challenge – A major bodyboarding specialty event on the IBA calendar.
The 2012 NMD Shark Island Challenge is proudly supported by UPTOWN GROUP, RYDGES HOTEL, EMERALD, JUDIUS, IBA & IINET.

Shark Island – Cronulla, Sydney Australia

Rydges Hotel Cronulla – Saturday 28th April – 6:00pm

Promo day:
Emerald Surf shop – Saturday 28th April from 4:00pm
7/2 Surf Rd Cronulla, N.S.W 2230 (02) 9527- 4149

Event Format:
The event has two waiting periods seeking the optimal one-day of swell in either periods. The first waiting period being 24th April – 14th May where we then break for the South American leg of the IBA World Tour and the 2nd waiting period is from 20th June – 28th July.

The 18 competitors invited plus 2 successful trialist’s will follow 2011’s event format of 1 day of competition. Ryan Hardy from WA who won the event in 2005 will be on hand to showcase his talent as will Ben Player the 2 time world champion & 2 time Shark Island champion. We have local talent including former world No.2 Andrew Lester who was runner up last year and will be looking to take the crown over the fierce crew of invites. The list of invites also includes Mitch Rawlins from QLD, Jeff Hubbard & Mike Stewart from Hawaii also Nick Ormerod from NSW and many more of the top riders in the world. The field has been chosen from proven capability at Shark Island and recent IBA World Tour form. The NMD Shark Island Challenge will once again be one of the toughest bodyboarding competitions in the world.

Invited Athletes:
Ballard, Rissole, Strachan, Lester, Pyne.

Hardy, Player, Ormerod, Rawlins, Winchester, Kingy, Donnachie, Holt, Stone, Clarke

Stewart, Hubb, McCarthy, Houston, PLC


Josh Kaihe. (Blackie), Sam Bennett, Sacha Specka, Jason Finlay, Nugget.

Shark Island Legends Heat:
Billiams, Hall, Wazza, Fordy, Ringa, John Showell, Wingnut.

Trials Event:
The Aus Tour/ GQS (S.I.C trials) were held in Port Macquarie over the weekend with Lester, PLC, Hubb & Charlie Holt the finalists therefore all qualifying for the NMD S.I.C. Sam Bennet & Sasha Specka both finished equal 5th receiving reserves cards.

Event Broadcast:
The NMD Shark Island Challenge will be streamed live on the iinet freezone. Link – http://freezone.iinet.net.au/. Mobile device access available & if you’re an iinet broadband customer you will be able to view it by free download. The 2011 Shark Island documentary & 2012 previews will be shown here also.

Event Info:

For more info simply go to IBA World Tour website www.ibaworldtour.com or S.I.C.
event website – www.sharkislandchallenge.com for all relevant info

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Stay tuned for more news on the 2012 NMD Shark Island Challenge……