J-Bay Open cancelled after shark attack

2015-07-19 20:37
Mick Fanning gives an interview after his brush with a Great White during the J-Bay Open. (Youtube)

Mick Fanning gives an interview after his brush with a Great White during the J-Bay Open. (Youtube)

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Durban - Australian surfers Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson, finalists in the J-Bay Open before a shark attack brought the event to a close on Sunday, have split the winner’s purse.  

Fanning was attacked by a Great White Shark while competing in the final heats, emerging shaken but unscathed.

The event was put on hold, with the World Surf League announcing that the two had acceded to taking a joint second ranking in points for the fixture, and would split the prize money.

Fanning was knocked from his board by the shark. Wilson rushed to his aid.

Both were reduced to tears in emotional interviews after the competition was suspended.

The calling off of the event was announced in a post on www.worldsurfleague.com.

“After discussion with WSL Commisisoner Kieren Perrow, Wilson and Fanning decided to each take equal second in rankings points and split the prize purse awarded to the winner. Adriano de Souza, current World No 1, will retain the yellow jersey and the top spot going into the next CT event, the Billabong Pro Tahiti.”

"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."

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