Day 1 of the Human Shark Island Challenge was a raging success with the round of 32 producing some great highlights. Sydney produced a near perfect winters day with offshore winds and clean 4 - 5 footers for the first round of the main event.

Heat number one featured the current ratings leader Uri Valadao (Brazil), former world champion and winner of this event Guilherme Tamega (Brazil) Chris Wilson (AUS) and Airam Cabrera (Canary Islands).

Valadao got off to an early lead and Cabrera was right on his tail. Chris Wilson was surfing amazing but couldn’t land the big moves. In the last 10 minutes Tamega showed his competitive experience with two big bombs that took him to the lead. Cabrera finished a close second with Uri Valadao left searching for a good second wave. Wilson finished fourth.

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Seventeen year old Christopher "Chrizzle" Elliott, from Hout Bay, hopes to carve his name into the history books by claiming his first South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) title in the Juniors division at The Wedge Classic 2008.

The contest, which will take place in Plettenberg Bay, 8 - 12 July, is the last stop on this years SABA tour and is proudly brought to you by FNB, Robberg Fine Foods, Reef Wetsuits, Science Bodyboards and Pam Golding Properties.

The Wedge Classic is one of the countries most anticipated events and usually attracts more than 200 participants. If Elliott claims the title he will join an elite list of South African bodyboarders who have won this award in this increasingly competitive division.

The Juniors division plays host to South Africa's up and coming bodyboarders between the ages of 15 -17 years old and is considered as the testing ground for young riders hoping to one day compete against their hero's in the Pro division.

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South African bodyboarder Wes Fischer has won the Number 6 Brett Young Trials with a flawless display of riding in clean 3-4 feet waves at Cronulla point.

He was humble in his victory speech but out in the water showed the other side of his personality with a tradesman like approach to the final. “Thanks to God, my girlfriend and my sponsors” said Fisher.

“Happy to win but the job is not finished yet, its just beginning”. Second position went to Queenslands Mitch Rawlins with Newcastle’s Ben Gohl third and Jonathan Vega from Canary Islands forth.

The other eight qualifiers were:

Ryan Hardy
Brad Hughes
Chad Jackson
Jones Russell
Michael Chapple
Max Arent
Airam Cabrera  (Canary Islands)
Charlie Chaplet (Re-Union Island)

1)    Chris Wilson
2)    Michael Novy
3)    Ewan Donnachie
4)    Mark Parsons

Tomorrow will see the 32 riders assemble at the point for the “Pro Show” at 11am.

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The Australian Bodyboarding Association (ABA) has released the full schedule for the 2018 ABA Tour.

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