An intense day of competition concluded with a frightening moment as three-time World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) came face to face with a shark during the J-Bay Open Final. He was unharmed in the incident, but the WSL Commissioner's Office decided to cancel the remainder of the event. Fanning and fellow finalist Julian Wilson (AUS) will split the prize money and receive second place points.
The WSL issued an official statement following the incident:
"We are incredibly grateful that no one was seriously injured today. Mick's composure and quick acting in the face of a terrifying situation was nothing short of heroic and the rapid response of our Water Safety personnel was commendable -- they are truly world class at what they do.
"The safety of our athletes is a priority for the WSL and, after discussions with both Finalists, we have decided to cancel the remainder of competition at the J-Bay Open. We appreciate the ongoing support we have in South Africa and once again want to express our gratitude to the Water Safety Team."
Read WSL CEO Paul Speaker's official statement following the incident here.
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