Sharks put pro surfers on edge

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS -

SOME pro­fes­sional surfers say they feel un­safe com­pet­ing at the Mar­garet River Pro in West­ern Aus­tralia af­ter two shark at­tacks nearby within sev­eral hours.

Ale­jan­dro Travaglini, 37, needed surgery to both legs af­ter he was mauled at Cob­ble­stones beach in Grace­town on Mon­day, while Ja­son Long­grass, 41, walked to an am­bu­lance af­ter he was bit­ten on the leg at the nearby Lefthanders break.

The Mar­garet River Pro surf­ing com­pe­ti­tion is be­ing held about 15km away, but Brazil­ian surfer Italo Fer­reira has ex­pressed con­cern on so­cial me­dia about sharks.

“Two shark at­tacks in less than 24 hours here in Aus­tralia, just a few kilo­me­tres from where the event is be­ing held,” he said on In­sta­gram.

“I don’t feel com­fort­able train­ing and com­pet­ing in places like this.”

Fel­low Brazil­ian surfer Gabriel Med­ina also said he did not feel safe train­ing and com­pet­ing.

The Mar­garet River Pro was sus­pended for an hour on Mon­day, be­fore re­sum­ing with en­hanced safety mea­sures, in­clud­ing skis and drones.

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