Whatever the case, the League released a statement on Monday (Tuesday in Western Australia) calling off competition for the day pending further evaluation. “The WSL continues to assess the current situation at the men’s and women’s Margaret River Pro where there have been two confirmed shark incidents near Gracetown in the last 24 hours,” said the WSL in a statement. “We have actioned our well established safety protocols and are gathering all the latest information to determine next steps.
It prompted a brief hold on competition, but after consulting with local authorities and athletes, the WSL decided to resume competition. “After discussing with local authorities, the Water Safety Team and surfers,” said the League in a statement on Monday, “the WSL Commissioner’s Office has decided to resume competition for the Margaret River Pro at Main Break at 10:40am, following a one-hour hold prompted by reports of a shark incident at Gracetown – approximately 15 kms away from the event site.
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