In the heart of the Sydney Basin’s southern beaches emerges a rocky island of mortal consequence – Shark Island. A battleground where the fearless embrace the ferocious nature of its shallow waters, leaving them licking their wounds and returning for more. The Shark Island Challenge (SIC), born in 1997, has made its mark on the global bodyboarding stage. Last run in 2016, the SIC is back and better than ever for 2024.
The inception of SIC in 1997 sent shockwaves through the world of competitive bodyboarding, attracting international talents to challenge local heroes. Surfing NSW recognizes that this format, bringing together global riders to face off against the best local talent, has been the cornerstone of the event’s success. As we approach the 2024 edition, it’s clear – the legacy continues.
Event Waiting Period: May 24th to June 30th, 2024
The waiting period spans a month, ensuring optimal conditions for maximum viewership and media impact. Surfing enthusiasts can anticipate periodic media releases and engaging content to keep the public hooked during this exciting period.
Three distinct events mark the waiting period:
- Launch Party & Heat Draw (80 attendees): An exclusive kickoff event setting the stage for the battle ahead.
- Cronulla Point/Esplanade Competition (5000 attendees): Where the surf meets the challenge – a spectacle of skill, daring, and pure adrenaline.
- Presentation Event at Kurnell Rec Club (200 attendees): A celebration of triumph and camaraderie, bringing the community together to honor the fearless competitors.
As of January 9, 2024, the anticipation grows. The Bodyboard King Shark Island Challenge is set to make a thrilling comeback to the shallow reef slab. Surfing NSW welcomes the return of Cronulla’s only truly international surfing event, promising an unparalleled experience for both participants and spectators.
The last event in 2016 amassed a staggering 553,000 YouTube views, showcasing the global appeal of SIC. It found its place in national news outlets, including a special feature on Channel Nine’s Wild World of Sports program. Recognized globally as one of the most dangerous yet honorable contests, SIC remains a testament to the indomitable and is making its comeback for 2024.
As the countdown begins for the 2024 Shark Island Challenge, we invite you to be part of history in the making. Witness the convergence of danger and honor, as legends rise to the challenge of Shark Island’s formidable waves. Stay tuned for all the action to come!
For more information, please visit https://sharkislandchallenge.com/
Story by Surfing NSW