A shark appeared in the lower trestles on Tuesday during the World Surf League final and again in the middle of the second heat just before the women’s final heat.
Two surfers in the water, Brazilians Felipe Toledo and Gabriel Medina, were suddenly jumped out of the waves by watercraft after the first sighting of what was about to be a 6- to 8-foot great white.
The water cleared and the competition was called off, with 18 minutes left in the heat when the shark was sighted. A yellow lifeguard boat ravaged the area when surfers and water photographers were picked up by other watercraft.
“We will take a 15-minute break. Our security patrol and lifeguard boat will make sure the shark is out of line,” a beach announcer told the crowd. “Safety is paramount to everyone, the public as well as professional surfers on the line are in.”
Watching the Great White shows how unique the game is, the nature the contestants have to face during the competition.
The announcer then said that the Sharks had moved out of the zone and the competition resumed, with Medina winning the heats to win her third World Championships title.
Another shark was sighted just before the women’s final heat, stopping the competition again before Brazilian Tatiana Weston Webb and Hawaiian Carissa Moore took to the waters.