Mitch Rawlins: stoked and pitted

Mitch Rawlins has conquered the iconic 2012 NMD Shark Island Challenge, in Sydney, Australia.

The notorious Shark Island break, located south of Sydney, was run and surfed in two-meter waves. The four-man final was a memorable one with Mitch Rawlins exchanging waves with other finalists Ewan Donnachie, Jason Finlay and Damian King.

It was Mitch who came out on top with some amazing barrel riding skills on the largest waves of the final, thrilling the big crowd in the water and on the land.

"This is the event that every bodyboarder wants to win and I am happy I can now say I have won the Shark Island Challenge, even if only one time", says Mitch Rawlins.

Twenty of the world's best bodyboarders were invited to compete in this International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) specialty event that has a three-month waiting period and one day of frantic competition.

The rider from Queensland dominated the competition from the first heat of the day and looked like the man to beat. Other standouts in the early rounds included Jacob Romero, Jason Finlay and Damian King.

The IBA World Tour now moves onto Europe for the IBA Sintra Pro, in Portugal, on the 28th August.