JEFFREYS BAY, South Africa (WHNT) - Officials called off the J-Bay Open after Mickey Fanning was attacked in the water.
Fanning is fine. He and fellow competitor Julian Wilson were picked up by safety boats. The two had just started the final of the competition. Neither surfer was harmed.
The World Surf League issued the following statement:
"We are incredibly grateful that no one was seriously injured today. Mick's composure and quick acting in the face of a terrifying situation was nothing short of heroic and the rapid response of our Water Safety personnel was commendable -- they are truly world class at what they do.
"The safety of our athletes is a priority for the WSL and, after discussions with both Finalists, we have decided to cancel the remainder of competition at the J-Bay Open. We appreciate the ongoing support we have in South Africa and once again want to express our gratitude to the Water Safety Team."
The two competitors agreed to both take second place and split the prize money.
According to the World Surf League, this is the first shark attack during a surfing competition.