Cronulla, Sydney Australia
June 3 rd 2016
The OpenLIVE Shark Island Challenge World Bodyboarding invitational competition has been
placed on standby alert and set to run next week. Weather forecasters are predicting a very
large swell above the 5m mark to hit the east coast of Australia on Sunday 5 th June and
produce waves of up to 6m in height.
A handful of the world’s best Bodyboarder’s have been alerted and will be ready to compete in
the two-day event that will take place at Shark Island in Cronulla, Sydney Australia.
Andrew Lester (Defending champ), Mike Stewart (Hawaii), Ben Player (NSW), Tanner
McDaniel (Hawaii), Mitch Rawlins (QLD), Dave Winchester (NSW), Lewy Finnegan (W.A),
Damian King (NSW), Shaun Pyne (Cronulla) and many more of Australia’s best athletes will
take battle in the world’s heaviest and most dangerous Bodyboarding wave – Shark Island.
This predicted swell is shaping up to rival the 2001 Shark Island Challenge – the most historic
and craziest Shark Island to date, which had a similar swell size and direction.
Contest organiser’s have put the event on alert for a possible start on Monday 6 th June through
to Friday 10 th June. The event will run over 2 days starting at 7:00am and finishing at 12:00pm
The athlete selection process will take place tomorrow and selectors will be using a selective
criteria method which involves recent and current form, tour results, previous Shark Island
results, big wave talent and skill level.
The invitational format will include a two-round leaderboard format with a 4 man final from
highest ranked riders over the 2 rounds surfed.
The event has been waiting to run now for over 18 months. In 2015, the appropriate swells
needed for Shark Island Challenge did not happen therefore the event was unable to proceed.
Stay tuend on www.apbtour.com for updates leading up to the event and live broadcast show
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Athletes so far confirmed:
1. Mike Stewart, Hawaii (9 x World Champ & 2000 SIC Champ)
2. Ben Player, Australia (3 x World Champ & 2007 + 2008 SIC Champ)
3. Andrew Lester, Cronulla (3 x Aus Champ & 2014 SIC winner)
4. Mitch Rawlins, Australia (voted no.1 in world peer poll & 2012 SIC winner)
5. Alex Leon, Cronulla
6. Shaun Pyne, Cronulla
7. Dave Winchester, Aus (World No.2 – 2010, 2011 and 2013)
8. Damian King, Aus (2001 SIC Champ & 2 x world champ)
9. Nick Ormerod, Aus
10.Christian Riguccini, Cronulla (1999 SIC Champ)
11. Tanner McDaniel, Hawaii (APB Pro Junior no.1 in world)
12. Josh Kaihe, Cronulla (2013 SIC Champ)
13. Winston McCall, Aus (Parkway Drive Lead singer and pro Bodyboarder)
14. Shaun Peterson, Aus (2014 Sic runner-up)
15. Nugget Purcell, Cronulla
10 more athletes will be selected to make the athlete field of 25 competitors and will be
announced Saturday 4 th June.
BOKA Green energy
Surfing NSW, Association of Professional Bodyboarders, Nutrition Station, Emerald Bodyboard
Store, Inflight Media, Sutherland Shire Council & GoLive Australia.
Event Period Dates:
June 6 th – 9 th (Best two days of surf)
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