Heres some Highlights From http://www.worldsurfleague.com Final Day Recap

 

 

 

During the Final of the J-Bay Open Mick Fanning (AUS) was attacked by a shark. The World Surf League (WSL) Water Safety team responded quickly, immediately removing Fanning and fellow finalist Julian Wilsonfrom the water. Miraculously, neither surfer was harmed in the attack.

 

 

 

After discussion with WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow, Wilson and Fanning decided to each take equal second in rankings points and split the prize purse awarded to the winner. Adriano de Souza (BRA), current World No. 1, will retain the yellow jersey and the top spot on the Jeep Leaderboard going into the next CT event, the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

 

 

The stage was set for a heavy day of competition at J-Bay, with solid conditions. Wilson's Quarterfinal heat against World No. 1 Adriano de Souza (BRA) could make or break his run at the No. 1 spot: A loss for the Brazilian would leave the door open for Wilson to take the yellow jersey.




De Souza put two midrange scores on the board right away. But Wilson fired back, finding a 6.93 to start and then earning an excellent-range score (of 8.00 or better) under the Brazilian's priority to take the lead. Next, in Wilson's Semifinal heat against Adrian Buchan (AUS), he remained selective and opened with an 8.73. An excellent-range backup saw him through to the Final -- a little payback after Buchan defeated him in Round 4.

 

 

The day's other heats included matchups among Fanning, Kelly Slater(USA) and Gabriel Medina (BRA). The three had previously faced off in a so-called superheat", and were now slated foe man-on-man matchups. 

 

 

Heres some Highlights From http://www.worldsurfleague.com Final Day Recap