Australian three time J-Bay Open surfing champion, Mick Fanning fought off a Great White shark that attacked him during the final heats of the J-Bay Open on Sunday.
Surfers did not return to the water or run any other heats and the J-Bay Open was called off for the day.
It was decided to call the event off and the two finalists were awarded points for joint second place. The prize money was also split evenly between them.
Paul Botha, Regional Media Manager of the World Surf League Africa says it is unclear whether the shark was attacking Fanning or just displaying interest in the action taking place in the water.
There have been plenty shark sighting in Jeffreys Bay and there has been an incident but this is the first time that this has happened in a major world league surfing event. It certainly brought a dramatic close to the event.— Paul Botha, Regional Media Manager of the World Surf League Africa
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