J-BAY OPEN: FANNING ATTACKED BY SHARK

Mick Fanning attaccato da uno squalo durante la finale del J-Bay Open, Sudafrica.

Mick Fanning, l'australiano, tre volte campione del mondo, è sopravvissuto all'attacco di uno squalo durante le finali della World Surfing League di Jeffrey's Bay, in Sudafrica. Fanning è riuscito a respingere lo squalo: "L'ho colpito sulla schiena", ha raccontato Fanning alle telecamere, appena uscito, illeso, dall'acqua. La gara è stata sospesa e la vittoria del contest, valido per il Campionato del Mondo, andrà a pari merito tra Fanning e Wilson

J-Bay Final Shark Attack

l It was a long, day of competition at J-Bay today, but a few minutes into the final, something happened that’s never happened before in pro surf history: Mick Fanning, before even catching his first wave, sitting on his board waiting for a set, was attacked by a shark, live and in front of the whole internet. “I was just sitting there, I was just about to start moving and I felt something grab and get stuck in my legrope, and I instantly just jumped away, Mick said on the boat afterwards, clearly shaken up. “It kept coming at my board and I was kicking and screaming — I just saw fins, I was waiting for the teeth to come at me as I was swimming. I punched it in the back.” Renato Hickel, assistant deputy commissioner, quickly announced that the competition is off for the day. This event has no precedent, so it’ll be up to Julian, Mick and the commissioner’s office as to what happens next. Julian was winning with a 6.67. Check back soon for more details. (This was not the first shark encounter during the J-Bay event. Taj was chased out in 2003 and Mick Lowe in 2007.)

Credits: WSL

Keywords: Africa South Africa J-Bay Jeffreys Bay World Surf League World Championship Tour