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”

Swellnet forecaster Ben Matson says that a new southerly swell is expected to arrive on Saturday, originating from a low currently developing east of Tasmania.
"It's been a productive weather system for the southern states over the last few days, we've got a storm force wind warning out for Victorian and Tasmanian coasts, and a wave buoy off Tasmania's West Coast is currently recording average wave heights of nine metres.

Unfortunately, all of this activity has so far been located outside of Sydney's swell window, but I'm hoping that a strong south-westerly airstream developing east of Tasmania this morning will generate a new southerly swell for the New South Wales coast.”

Matson says that there are signs that we may see additional weather systems developing in the Tasman Sea next week, but he’s not confident that they will generate quality waves for Shark Island.

"The computer models we use to forecast long term swell patterns are indicating a few minor sources of east and southeast swell next week, but the broad scale weather patterns are not indicative of any major size across Sydney beaches. So even though Saturday's southerly swell won't be huge, it currently offers the greatest swell potential before the end of the waiting period on July 20th."

"Conditions are looking great on Saturday, with early light offshore winds tending variable in the afternoon, plenty of sunshine, and a slightly inconsistent but fun south swell somewhere between three and four feet", Matson said. “High tide’s around 4pm on Saturday, so we won’t be able to surf until the afternoon, probably just after 1pm”.

The quarterfinals, semis & finals will be staged and we expect a big crowd to line the point for what should be a great day. The event is the third round of twelve on the 2008 IBA World Tour.

Source: IBA World Tour

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

Source: IBA World Tour

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