The Brett Young Memorial Trials will be capped at 48 bodyboarders

June 23, 2009 | Bodyboarding

Brett Young Memorial Trials

The event will be capped at 48 competitors and will be run over a one day period during the 4th or the 5th of July - location will again be Cronulla Point.

Positions are still available so if you’re keen for a chance at $10,000 cash and the chance of winning some fantastic prizes entry, get your entry in before you loose out..

In regards to IBA contracted riders - I have been informed by the IBA that only riders that are contracted to the IBA (that is riders that have signed a contract in 2009) will receive a 12 month ban; any top 28 riders may also incur a $500 USD fine.

So – here is the deal

a) If you are not contracted by the IBA - you are more than welcome to compete.
b) If you haven’t signed an IBA contract but are competing on the IBA world Tour, you are more than welcome to compete.
c) If you are contracted and you are not planning on entering any more IBA event you are more than welcome to compete.
d) If you are contracted and want to enter regardless, guess what - you are more than welcome as well…
e) Please note: I understand that the IBAA have scheduled events during the SIC waiting period- so - for those non contracted BBA competitors not competing in The Soldiers Beach Pro ‘09, that’s right- you are also welcome to compete.

Come On - Support the event that has inspired a generation of chargers.

Previous Winners of the Brett Young Memorial Trials

2005 - Jason Hazle
2006 - Nick Ormerod
2007 - Ben Gohl
2008 - Wes Fischer

Regarding the main event - The riders chosen for this year’s Nomad Shark Island Challenge best represent the talent of today’s everyday bodyboarder. These riders thrive on Bodyboarding; it doesn’t matter whether they’re tour riders, free surfers, blue-collar workers or just self-confessed Shark Island freaks.

The chosen invitees have been categorised into five groups as follows:

Please note that all invitees have confirmed their positions. If any Aussies or Internationals pull out after the completion of the Brett Young Memorial Trials then 5th, 6th, 7th place getters will fill those positions. If any local rider withdraws from the main event then they will be replaced accordingly by another local.

Heats for the main event will be determined by means of a hat draw - draw will be conducted at a briefing night on the 6th of July.

Each rider will surf 2 heats, with the riders best 4 waves counted to determine the Champion! Every heat is a final; a maximum of 12 waves in each heat will be considered.


Dave Ballard – (AUS)
Chris Riguccini – (AUS)
Ben Sawyer – (AUS)
Alex Leon – (AUS)

Jason Finlay – (AUS)
Chris James – (AUS)
Jose Marquina – (AUS)
Kira Llewellyn – (AUS)
Ewan Donnachie – (AUS)
Alex Bunting – (AUS)
Adam Luehman – (AUS)
Nick Ormerod – (AUS)

Mike Murphy – (USA)
Jared Houston – (SA)
Sponsor wildcards

Glen Sullivan – (AUS)
Glen Thurston – (AUS)
These four spots are to be decided after the Brett Young Memorial Trials

The prize purse for this year’s challenge is the most exciting to date:
First Prize - $10,000 Winner takes all (provided by Nomad Bodyboards and Emerald Surf City)
Best Barrel - 2 weeks stay at The Secret Sumatra Surf Camp
Best Move - 2 week boat trip courtesy of The Surf Travel Company
Best Wipe-out - $500 (if you want it, it’s all yours)
Longest tube - Buzzing over Sydney in the world-renowned Red Bull Stunt Plane

Important dates for you to jot down are:

The Brett Young Memorial Trials: 4th – 5th of July
Presented by Emerald Surf City and staged at Cronulla Point – Trialists will compete for the honor gaining entry into the 2009 Nomad Shark Island Challenge

The Nomad Shark Island Challenge (in association with Emerald Surf City): 7th – 27th of July
The main event will be run on the best day of the waiting period.

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