Ewan Donnachie rides a tubular wave

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Shark Island Challenge

Ewan Donnachie of Australia competes on July 24 in the finals for this year's Shark Island Challenge just off the coast of Cronulla near Sydney, Australia.

 

Touted as the world's ultimate bodyboarding championship, the challenge features dangerous, barreling waves caused by a sharp and treacherous reef break.

 

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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

Photo: Bodyboarders shred treacherous waves at Shark Island
Bodyboarders try their luck against massive barreling waves during the Shark Island Challenge in Sydney, Australia.