“Less than one week away from what will be the Greatest Show on Surf”. This was the comment that IBA General manager Terry McKenna proudly started with during a radio interview on a Sydney Metropolitan radio station today.

“It will be like Crusty Demons of the surf, truly death-defying and jaw dropping to watch as a spectator”.

The hundred or so hopefuls lining up in the Number 6 Brett Young Memorial Trials will all be vying for one of twelve spots up for grabs in the main event of what most believe to be the best and most challenging event on the planet.

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After 8 years without receiving a world tour bodyboarding event, Brazil accomplished with great success in last March the Katherine Melo Bodyboarding Pro.

Now, the best bodyboarders around the globe prepare themselves to compete on the 4th IBA World Tour event to be held at Costa Azul beach in Rio das Ostras, from 24h to 27th July.

The event will distribute $30.000 dollars ($20.000 men and $10.000 women) and 1.000 in the IBA World Tour ranking.

The city of Rio das Ostras is located two hour drive from Rio de Janeiro. Today, the city is known for being Brazil's bodyboarding capital, due to number of well structured events that take place since 2001.

Source: IBA World Tour

The Shark Island Challenge is coming. Trials will be hotly contested. For the first time in the events history the Human Shark Island Challenge will feature 14 of the elite IBA Top 16.

In the past the waiting period has been a deterrent for International competitors but 2008 will herald a new formula and a shorter waiting period. The waiting period has been trimmed down to just 20 days”, said IBA International General Manager Terry McKenna.

“This is less than half the time that the event has had in the past but we are confident that this time of the year will serve up some of the epic conditions that are required for what is considered to be the best competition on the planet”.