The J-Bay Open in South Africa has been called off for the time being in light of an incident that took place this morning, July 19th. During a finalist heat with Julian Wilson (AUS), Mick Fanning (AUS) was attacked by two great white sharks.
Watch the attack below.
Both surfers got out of the water safely and will meet with the World Surf League commissioner to determine the next steps. The WSL released an official announcement about the incident.
"We are incredibly grateful that no one was seriously injured today. Mick's composure and quick acting in the face of a terrifying situation was nothing short of heroic and the rapid response of our Water Safety personnel was commendable -- they are truly world class at what they do.
"The safety of our athletes is a priority for the WSL and, after discussions with both Finalists, we have decided to cancel the remainder of competition at the J-Bay Open. We appreciate the ongoing support we have in South Africa and once again want to express our gratitude to the Water Safety Team."