Two shark attacks in one day, damn near the contest zone, sketchy footage of a shark in a wave surfed by John John during a heat (check the 9:30-ish moment in this vid), sharks spotted in the area the week before the event, whale carcasses on the beach and salmon running offshore–who wants to paddle out into that maelstrom?
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.
Athlete safety will always be our absolute priority and we thank the local community, our partners and our surfers for supporting the decision. “We are not giving up yet on somehow completing both men’s and women’s competition this year, and will communicate our thoughts on that when we know more.
Read more here: Surfer Mag