Two shark attacks drive pro surfers out of water
THE World Surf League (WSL) has called off the Margaret River Pro for Tuesday after two shark attacks at nearby West Australian beaches a day earlier. The decision follows the attacks in the state’s southwest in which two men were bitten on the leg in separate incidents.
“WSL continues to assess the current situation at the Margaret River Pro where there have been two confirmed shark incidents near Gracetown in the last 24 hours,” the body said in a statement.
“We have actioned our well established safety protocols and are gathering all the latest information to determine next steps.
“We will continue to liaise with all involved, most importantly the surfers.
“Their safety remains paramount.
“Today’s competition has already been called off and all surfers have been advised not to surf,” it said yesterday.
When competition resumes, Australian world champions Tyler Wright and Stephanie Gilmore will contest the quarter-finals.
Men’s stars Owen Wright, Julian Wilson and Joel Parkinson are set to compete in thirdround heats.