Margaret River Pro cancelled due to sharks

Margaret River Pro cancelled due to sharks

Margaret River Pro cancelled due to sharks

"Two shark attacks in less than 24 hours here in Australia, just a few kilometres from where the event is being held", he said on Instagram. "I'm really feeling for the local community and look forward to to being back soon". Whether you agree or disagree with the WSL's decision to cancel the event, we can all agree that the surfers are now safe.

Western Australia has always been known for its higher-than-normal shark population, and CT surfers know it is part of the risk at the Margaret River Pro stop each year.

"Is the safety of athletes not a priority?"

"The WSL puts the highest premium on safety", WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said in a statement.

"Margaret River is a fantastic part of the world, but the presence of actively aggressive sharks and beached whales this season have convinced us that this is the correct course of action".

"Safety can not be just talk, and it can not be compromised. Surfing is a sport that carries various forms of risk, and is unique in that wild animals inhabit our performance environment", said Goldschmidt.

The Margaret River Pro is the third event on the tour.

Organizers had deployed additional shark-spotting drones and jet skis when the competition resumed to ensure competitors' safety, league deputy commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer said. Everyone associated with our sport knows that.

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Today World Surf League CEO Sophie Goldschmidt took to Twitter to say that the decision to cancel the event was hard, but surfer and staff safety was the priority.

We are committed to being as prepared as possible for what nature throws at us. However, the threshold has been crossed for the organization and if we chose to continue the event under the current circumstances, and something awful were to take place, we would never forgive ourselves.

This event cancelation is a bit unlike the one that halted the 2015 J-Bay Pro when Mick Fanning had a run-in with a great white shark during the final.

The region governing body for surfing in Western Australia is disappointed with the outcome, but understands and supports the decisions.

"All the other surfers swam to him, helped him get away from his board and leg rope and helped him get on a wave, and luckily [he] caught a wave onto the reef".

Slater later denied the close call, saying the silvery object was likely the reflection of another surfer.

Yesterday two men were bitten by a sharks near Gracetown. The second suffered minor injuries.

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