◼️ Two shark attacks marched the World Surf League to cancel the rest of the competition.
A test of the World Surfing Championship held in Australia was canceled on Wednesday after two shark attacks occurred, organizers announced.
The elite of world surfing for men and women participated since April 11 in the Margaret River Pro, a 12-day event organized on the south-west coast of Australia in the framework of the World Surf League (WSL).
The competition had already been briefly suspended on Monday, when a local surfer suffered leg injuries after an attack by a shark in Gracetown. According to one witness, the athlete was knocked down and shaken.
Another surfer, Danish according to the press, was wounded in the leg in another shark attack also near Gracetown.
“The WSL made the difficult decision to override the rest of the Margaret River Pro due to the exceptional circumstances in which the event takes place and the safety of our surfers”, Sophie Goldschmidt, head of the WSL, said in a statement.
Three years ago, the Australian triple world champion, Mick Fanning, managed to escape unscathed from an attack by a great white shark during the J-Bay Open in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, which was broadcast live on television.