RIDING HARD: Fraser Babbington on High Flying Akubra for 88 points in the championship round at the PBR Newcastle Invitational.
RIDING HARD: Fraser Babbington on High Flying Akubra for 88 points in the championship round at the PBR Newcastle Invitational. Phillip Wittke

PBR charges Tamworth

THE toughest sport on dirt, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), is returning to Tamworth this November with a bigger and more explosive line up of man versus beast match ups.

Fast becoming one of the world's biggest sports, the craze of the PBR events has taken over Australia again this year, with new events in Melbourne and Adelaide and all other states and major cities set to experience the phenomenon that is PBR.

Lucas Divino, currently ranked second on the PBR Brazilian standings, has arrived down under and competed in the last two events on the PBR Touring Pro circuit in the lead up to the November 11 AELEC Arena event in Tamworth.

Also joining the tour in Tamworth will be Brazil's fourth ranked bull rider Junior Quaresma, Thor Hoefer from USA and former Australian Champion Fraser Babbington will be returning from the Velocity Finals in Las Vegas.

"It's about delivering a live sporting entertainment experience like no other that features the most accomplished cowboy athletes in the business going head to head against what can only be described as the most extreme bucking bulls on the planet,” said PBR general manager Glen Young.

For many, eight seconds may not sound like a long time, yet to be a cowboy on the back of a bull it can sometimes feel like eternity, especially when you have an 800kg bull doing everything in its power to slam you in the dirt, but even then there is no referee to blow a whistle to call time out, it's only the protection athlete team willing to put their bodies on the line and try to distract the animal so a rider can get away safely.

This international spectacle is held in the USA, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Australia, with over 1200 riders competing to win major prizes and bull-bucking glory.

Amongst the toughest athletes mentally and physically, Australia has produced some of the world's best, including 2016 Aussie champion Cody Heffernan, 10-year veteran Budd Williamson and leading Aussie rookie Aaron Kleier.

Troy Wilkinson is joining as the current Australian Champion and is ranked 35th in the world. These elite contenders will compete in front of packed arenas, joined by international competitors as well as the unsung heroes of the sport, protection athletes who are literally putting their bodies on the line for the athletes.

Popularity is at an all-time high, and this Australian tour is not to be missed.

These exciting events have an atmosphere like no other - crowds cheering, music pumping and adrenaline rushing, which makes for an unforgettable experience enjoyed by all ages.