So unless you sleep under a rock or just don’t watch things on Facebook very often you must have seen that Mick Fanning had a very close encounter with a shark in the final of the J Bay open luckily escaping injury but what else happened on this day.
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So the end result of this event is that the final was obviously not restarted due to the shark in the line-up. Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson both took second place points and split the prize money between them.
The encounter with the shark overshadowed what was the conclusion to a great day of surfing.
Check the highlights below
The day started with round five and some of surfing’s biggest names were battling for a place in the finals. Mick Fanning, Julian Wilson and Kelly Slater all displaying convincing wins to take their places in the quarterfinals.
Quarterfinal number three was by far the most interesting where 11times world champion Kelly Slater came up against current world champion Gabriel Medina, this heat could have been a final in its self. They went blow for blow, wave for wave. Eventually Kelly Slater posted a couple of scores that Medina couldn’t match and Kelly advanced to the next round.
Mick fanning was also firing on all cylinders showing his usual display of speed, power and flow.
Julian Wilson also had a convincing win over current world number one Adriano De Souza. De Souza who had been in fine form the whole event seemed to fall a little flat in this quarterfinal match up and Wilson capitalized claiming his place in the semi-finals.
The Semi everybody was waiting for was Kelly Slater v’s Mick Fanning. Kelly put up a fair fight but he couldn’t find any answer for Fanning’s forehand attack. It was a great heat watching two of surfing’s greats battle in pumping waves at one of the most iconic waves in the world.
Julian Wilson had another convincing win over Adrian Buchan to get his place in the final against Fanning.
Going into the final the situation stood that whoever won the event would also take the lead on the CT ratings. Unfortunately due to the shark “attack” the final was cancelled so Mick is sat in second and Julian is in third with only a few points separating the top four.
A dramatic end to the J Bay Open
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