A men’s World Surf League (WSL) event at Jeffreys Bay in South
Africa was postponed on on Wednesday after a shark was spotted
breaching close to competitors.
The sighting occurred at the same beach that pro surfer Mick
Fanning was attacked by a great white shark while competing in
the J-Bay Open two years ago.
Australian surfer Julian Wilson, 28 — who famously came to
Fanning’s aid in 2015 — was in the water surfing his fourth
round heat when the two-metre mako shark was spotted. Both he
and Brazil’s Filipe Toledo were taken to shore and the
competition was cancelled for the remainder of the day.
James R.D. Scott It’s
believed that the shark was a mako — pictured above.
Wilson — whose mother was visibly relieved after her son’s
safe return to dry land — said that the shark was the
“furthest thing” from his mind.
“I was so damn excited just being out there,” he said.
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Wilson’s mum was waiting for him back on dry land.
“I was just focusing on the waves and how beautiful it was out
there, it’s a bummer that we have to put a pause on such a
beautiful day but the waves are going to be here again
“For me it’s just going out there and doing what I love.”
In April, organisers of the League were forced to call in
Toledo during the second semi-final of the Margaret River pro
surfing event after a shark was spotted during a feeding frenzy.
Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said that despite the
competition being called off for the day it would be back on
tomorrow with “great waves on tap.”
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