More details of one of the most anticipated contests in bodyboarding history have come to light with APB announcing three wildcards and one reserve rider for the Sparkgreen Tahiti Challenge.
Receiving the first wildcard pick is Gold Coast style lord Mitch Rawlins who will (hopefully) make his triumphant return to the world bodyboarding tour after a number of years away.
Joining him will be Tahitian charger Nicolas Richard who has built a reputation for sliding into some of the biggest and heaviest barrels ever witnessed at Teahupoo.
Also receiving an invite is Toby Player, who will join his brother Ben Player for his first world tour stint in years.
All three riders competed in the last bodyboarding event at Teahupoo, the 2003 Human Teahupoo Challenge, with Rawlins finishing in 11th, Toby Player 20th and Richard in 31st.
Australian big wave charger Chris James has been named as a reserve rider for the event.
Hawaiian legend Mike Stewart also received a wildcard, however was not needed as Stewart finished within the APB top 30 in 2015.
They will be joined by fellow wildcards Davis Blackwell, Jase Finlay, Jake Stone, Tahurai Henry and Angelo Faraire as well as the APB top 30 riders.
There are still two more local wildcards to be decided and announced later this week.
Featured image: Nico Richard on a bomb by Sebastien Dubois.
The SPARKGREEN TAHITI CHALLENGE
Presented by OPT & Air Tahiti Nui
Teahupoo April 18 – May 2
The top 30 APB athletes will collaborate with the top trialists and wildcards to make the 48 man main event to commence over 4 days of competition in a 2 week window. Live event broadcast on http://apbtour.com/live with hosts Manny Vargas and Erik Apple.
Trials positions will be capped at 64 athletes being first 32 Internationals and first 32 Tahitians to pay and secure their spots. International athletes to register online Wednesday on 14th March 9:00am Sydney time. (A Paypal account will be required) Tahitian riders to pay direct to Vairao Surf Club (email@example.com)
Air Tahiti Nui Airline discounts:
All international riders coming to the SPARKGREEN TAHITI CHALLENGE will get promocode on AIR TAHITI NUI FLIGHT ONLY in economy class + 1 extra luggage per participant. This has to be done 3 weeks before the event at least on minimum time on available seats only.
Accommodation and Transfers: