The biggest names in world surfing have been warned to stay out of the water on a play day in Margaret River Pro after two attacks on surfers close to the competition side in Western Australia and more observations today.
Before Tuesday on Tuesday there were three observations of sharks via air surveillance near Busselton, Yallingup and Wilyabrup.
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Officials canceled Tuesday's competition late Monday due to a forecast for deteriorated surfing conditions.
But today they also sent a warning to their surfers to stay dry and no free surf in the area.
The world tour event was put on hold for one hour while the organizers gained access to the situation after the first attack on Monday, about 15 km from the competition side.
After strengthening security management with additional jet skiing in the water and drones in air, top female surfers including world champion Tyler Wright and six-hour world champion Stephanie Gilmore were sent out to fight for quarter-final venues in the World Tour event.
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"WSL continues to evaluate the current situation of men and women's Margaret River Pro, where there have been two confirmed shark incidents near Gracetown in the last 24 hours, "WSL said in a statement.
"We have traded with our well-established security protocols and collect all the latest information to determine the next step. We will continue to work with all the most importantly surfers involved, their security remains crucial."
"Today's Competition (Tuesday in Western Australia) has already been canceled and all surfers have been advised not to surf the area. We constantly assess the situation and update as quickly as possible. & # 39; & # 39;
The first man who was attacked, Alejandro Travaglini, has undergone a breast surgery in Perth while a tooth was found in piece by Jason Longrass, the other surfer attack.
When the competition resumes, Wright and Gilmore will compete for the quarterfinals with, for example, Owen Wright, Julian Wilson and Joel Parkinson, who will compete in third-round heaters.