2009 Nomad Shark Island Challenge

It is with great pleasure that we present the 16 invited riders who will be challenging one of the worlds most feared waves. A wave who’s mission is to bruise and crush ones outer shell. This wave makes no apologies for beatings. It loves dishing it out pain; it loves the taste of blood.

It senses the fear in every rider, punishing those who show it the most. It is only those who inject shear adrenalin into the very veins that pumps ones ability to block out the mental game that Shark Island plays. It is this rider that will become the 2009 NOMAD Shark Island Challenge champion.

The riders chosen for this years Nomad Shark Island Challenge best represent the talent of today’s everyday bodyboarder, riders that thrive for Bodyboarding, whether they are tour riders, free surfers, blue collar works or just self confessed freaks. It is these people that when brought together truly perceive what the sport is all about.

The chosen invitees have been categorised into five groups:

Locals
Dave Ballard
Christian Riguccini
Ben Sawyer
Alex Leon

Aussies
Jason Finlay
Chris James
Jose Marquina
Kira Llewellyn
Ewan Donnachie
Alex Bunting
Adam Luehman
Nick Ormerod
 
Internationals
Mike Murphy               (USA)
Jared Houston            (South Africa) 

Sponsor wildcards
Glen Sullivan                (Emerald)
Glen Thurston             (Nomad Bodyboards) 

This years Prize Purse is one of the most exciting to date > Cash / exotic trips and mind blowing adrenalin. Nomad Bodyboards and Emerald Surf City have led the way by injecting $10,000 AUD for the “winner take all format. Secret Sumatra, The Surf Travel Company and Red Bull have also jumped on board

First Prize                     - $10,000 winner takes all

Best Barrel                   - 2 weeks stay at The Secret Sumatra – Surf Camp

Best Move                   - 2 week boat trip courtesy of The Surf Travel Company

Best Wipe Out             - $500 – if you want it, it’s all yours....

Longest tube time        - Buzzing over Sydney in the world renowned Red Bull Stunt Plane

So in 2009 the Shark Island Challenge returns – ‘The Beast Has Been Unleashed’ - the original concept where a champion of champion is crowned. 16 invited riders to tackle one of Mother Nature’s most feared waves. Four riders from the Brett Young Memorial Trials (to be staged at Cronulla Point 4th -5th of July) will join them....

The Brett Young Memorial Trials > 4th – 5th of July Presented By Emerald Surf City – To be staged at Cronulla Point – trialists will compete for the honour gaining entry into the 2009 Nomad Shark Island Challenge 

The Nomad Shark Island Challenge > 7th – 27th of July In Association with Emerald Surf City Both events will be streamed live at limited-edition.net.au Join up to Limited Edition Twitter to have alerts for the event, and updated coverage on the day http://twitter.com/ltd_edition

A 1 day event stage at Shark Island - 20 of the world’s most talented riders taking on the Beast.. 

Entry to the 2009 Nomad Shark Island Challenge is only now possible via the Brett Young Memorial Trials. Entries can be downloaded from the Riptide Magazine or Limited Edition websites. Positions are still available so get your entry in for your chance on getting your hands at $10,000 dollar and joining the list of legendary past Shark Island Challenge Champions.

SPONSORS FOR THE 2009 SHARK ISLAND CHALLENGE ARE
1. Nomad Bodyboards
2. Emerald Surf City
3. Riptide Bodyboard Magazine
4. Secret Sumatra
5. Surf Travel
6. Human
7. Limited Edition Fins
8. Red Bull Australia
9. Dunes Wetsuits

SOURCE: Limited Edition