Shark fears abort elite surf competition in Australia

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The tour’s co-leader, Brazilian Italo Ferriera, took to Instagram on Tuesday to express his fears about being in the water, writing in Portuguese that he did not feel comfortable training and competing near the attack sites.Fellow countryman Gabriel Medina, the 2014 WSL world champion, wrote on Instagram that he too did not feel safe competing in the area.Authorities had also issued an alert over a whale carcass off an area beach – concerned the decomposing creature could attract sharks. The carcass was removed from the area on Tuesday.The cancellation came three years after Australian surfing great Mick Fanning, who retired from the sport earlier this month, made global headlines when he fought off a shark on live TV while competing in the WSL’s J-Bay Open in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. Fanning was not injured, and that competition was cancelled after the encounter.Experts said shark attacks are increasing as water sports become more popular, and bait fish move closer to shore. Fatalities from these attacks, however, remain rare.                        /kgaADVERTISEMENT The contest was briefly suspended on Monday morning after a local surfer suffered leg injuries in a shark attack off nearby Gracetown, some 260 kilometers (160 miles) south of the Western Australia state capital Perth. A second surfer, reportedly from Denmark, suffered a gash to his leg in a second shark encounter, also near Gracetown.“Today, the WSL has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the Margaret River Pro, as a result of exceptional circumstances surrounding this season’s event regarding sharks and the safety of our surfers,” WSL chief Sophie Goldschmidt said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“The WSL puts the highest premium on safety. This cannot be just talk, and it cannot be compromised,” Goldschmidt added.They said that while sharks were an “occasional reality” of WSL competitions, the current circumstances were “very unusual and troubling”. In this image made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Fanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa on July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark that Sunday during the Jeffrey’s Bay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT FOR ALL ONLINE USE PLEASE INCLUDE A LINK TO WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM.An elite global surfing championship in west Australia was cancelled on Wednesday after two shark attacks near the event, organizers said.The world’s top male and female surfers had been taking part in the 12-day Margaret River Pro, which is part of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour, off Australia’s southwest coast since April 11.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Boston Marathon weather was perfect storm for Desiree Linden LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img

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