World rank #2 Mick Fanning encountered a shark attack during the final of the J-Bay Open against Julian Wilson in South Africa. “I was just sitting there and felt something get stuck in my leg rope and I instantly jumped away but it kept coming at my board” a shook up Fanning said after the altercation.
WSL has called-off the rest of competition for the J-Bay Open. “The safety of our athletes is a priority for the WSL, and after discussion with both finalists, we have decided to cancel the remainder of the competition. We are grateful no one was seriously injured today”, says WSL CEO Paul Speaker.