Sharks put pro surfers on edge
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.