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Shark attacks Lead to Blackout of Earth Surf League Occasion

Shark attacks Lead to Blackout of Earth Surf League Occasion

The attack at Cobblestones beach was reported shortly before 8am, with an ambulance crew from Margaret River and the rescue helicopter sent to the scene.

A second surfer, reportedly from Denmark, suffered a gash to his leg in a second shark encounter, also near Gracetown.

The remainder of the 2018 Margaret River Pro has been cancelled and the long-term future of the World Surf League event may be in jeopardy due to fears of shark attacks.

The Margaret River Pro is a championship-tour contest that draws the best surfers from around the world, including Hawaii's John John Florence, the reigning WSL World Champion.

The whale carcass has now been removed from the water and has been taken to a nearby dump.

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.

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The attacks - approximately 12km north of the main event break at Prevelly - prompted two of the sport's stars to call for the event's cancellation.

A hard decision, but surfer and staff safety are paramount to the @WSL.

It is unclear whether the cancellation could jeopardise its inclusion in future tours, with surfers such as Medina describing Margaret River as the most unsafe surfing spot he's visited.

"Today they had two shark attacks on a beach close to where we're competing", Medina wrote. I hope it does not happen to any of us.

They said while sharks were an "occasional reality" of WSL competitions, the current circumstances were "very unusual and troubling".

"I appreciate that competitors' safety is paramount and this was a hard decision for organisers who had put in place extra measures to ensure the surfers' safety in light of the shark attacks, but it is undeniable there's now an worldwide perception that Margaret River and WA is not a safe place to surf or swim due to sharks". This is about the McGowan Government appreciating the impact of the shark issue on one of the State's most important sporting, community and tourism events. Though, this is all the info we've got at the moment. She is a lover of running, cooking shows, dogs and unfortunately the Fremantle Dockers.


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