Nonetheless, precautions have been taken, shark security hired, and nerves (of some, at least) quelled. “Athlete safety is a top priority for the league,” WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow said in the statement. “We have been in constant discussions with our athletes, event organizers and administrators regarding the future of this event.
Whatever your view on the Mick Fanning shark incident (? ), the event shook the surf world and beyond, bringing into question the future of the J-Bay Open, one of the Tour’s longest-running and most iconic competitions.
Everyone and their grandmothers knew about the Mick incident – from TMZ to Time Magazine, it was covered by every media source out there. “The Triumphant Return of Mick Fanning” will be a highly publicized event worldwide and the WSL will surely profit.
Let’s pretend the event is returning because it’s an iconic event – the 2005 final between Andy Irons and Kelly comes to mind – at one of the world’s greatest point breaks.
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