- 18 December 2009 | Bodyboarding
Under a new agreement made by the IBA riders board, competitors of the 2009 Shark Island Challenge are set to have their ban lifted from all IBA sanctioned events for the 2010 calendar year.
The new ruling which comes into effect as of 1st January was decided upon at a recent meeting during the final leg of the 2009 IBA world tour.
“We are hopeful that we never have to do this again” said Terry McKenna, IBA General manager, “But we did need to prove to the world that the IBA is a serious organization that will defend its rights when needed”.
The ban which was initially set at 12 months arose when an agreement could not be made between the organisers of the 2009 Shark Island Challenge and the IBA. “We are hopeful that the SIC event will apply for special event status, just like Nazare Special edition, and we can work to promote the event to a worldwide audience” stated Terry McKenna on the future of the Shark Island Challenge as a possible IBA event.
Individuals who received the ban will be free to surf on the 2010 IBA World Tour as of January 1st 2010.