IBA Shark Island

It’s official, Shark Island is no longer part of the 2009 IBA World Tour.

Mark Fordham stated that due to the economic climate he would not be able to stage an IBA rated event.

Negotiations with promoter Fordham failed to reach both IBA World Tour and IBA Specialty event sanctioning so sadly the event will be black-listed and off limits to contracted riders.

This includes all the riders that competed in the Turbo Pipe Pro and those who compete in the upcoming Brazilian events.

“The riders board voted against the speciality event status because we need to work with promoters that will follow the minimum requirements” said IBA General Manager Terry McKenna. “Its that simple”.

“ If you surf in this event you will be sitting out of the IBA World Tour for 12 months from the date of the breach”

“ The riders are the product of the IBA and we must protect the exclusivity of the World Tour by enforcing this rule” said Mckenna.

Riders will now look towards Chile’ in late July for the next IBA Grand Slam event.

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