Human Shark Island 

Ben Player went back-to-back yesterday with a win in the Human Shark Island Challenge at Cronulla.

The current World Champion showed his versatility by dealing with the small 1 metre waves in a tradesman like fashion to defeat fellow Australian Ryan Hardy (Gold Coast) with Mark McCarthy (South Africa) in third and local rider John Showell (Cronulla) in fourth.

Ryan Hardy looked the man to beat from the get go with some strong early rides but Player secured victory with a rare tube ride in the final minutes.

“I honestly had conceded defeat and even congratulated Ryan when we were in the water. Then out of no-where a little peaked popped up and I no one wanted it, so I spun around and it turned into a good wave” said Ben.

“It’s a shame that the swell never came for the last part of the waiting period but, hey, that’s all part of being a professional bodyboarder. We just deal with whatever is happening on the day”

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IBA Human Shark Island

The final day of the Human Shark Island Challenge looks like being contested this weekend with organizers shooting for a 1pm start on Saturday. “There looks like potential for Saturday” said Terry McKenna, contest director and General manager of the International Bodyboard Association.

“The 20 day window that we have for the event looks like it won’t dish up anything significant next week so we will take what’s on offer with this next swell”

“It would have been nice to get some massive swells during this period but you just have to deal with whatever Mother Nature throws your way. In comparison to the other IBA World Tour events the conditions are still awesome and highly contestable”

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For the fourth year, the Aveiro Surfing Association proudly presents the one and only bodyboarding event exclusive for girls, Miss Sumol Cup 2008 that will happen on the 2nd and 3rd of September.

Praia da Barra and the city of Ilhavo will welcome all the women bodyboarding community for an ETB four stars event (4.000 Euros in Prize money) and ranked for IBA WWT also.

For further updated information related to the event, places to sleep, photos of the other editions, etc, please check on www.misssumolcup.com

Source: IBA World Tour