Shark Attack Stalls Maui Pro

9 Dec 2020 0 Share

Photo: WSL/Keoki Saguibo

Photo: WSL/Keoki Saguibo

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By Dashel Pierson

Following a shark attack at Honolua Bay this morning, the Maui Pro presented by Roxy was indefinitely put on hold.

The attack occurred around 7:45 am local time, according to Maui Now, and involved an adult male freesurfer. Safety crews, who were on hand for the competition, quickly got the unidentified surfer to shore where they began CPR. As of yet, there’s no status on the condition of the victim – however, there are unconfirmed reports of injuries to his lower left extremities.

“We are announcing that there is going to be no competition at the Maui Pro today following a shark incident that happened,” WSL CEO Erik Logan stated during the live broadcast of the Billabong Pipe Masters, which were also underway Tuesday. “We’re working with local officials as we speak. Our thoughts and prayers are with this surfer. The event is off for the day. We’ll have more information of the status [of the event] soon.”

The event, which is acting as the kickoff for the 2021 women’s CT season, was heading into final’s day after a full-day of competition on Monday. No word yet on when they’ll finish up.

On her IG Story, Sage Erickson, who is in the quarterfinals when competition resumes, wrote: “Heavy hearts at the bay this morning. While we were out practicing, there was a man that got attacked by a shark on the inside keiki bowl. Traumatic…prayers and peace.”

Stay tuned as this story develops.

This story also appeared on Surfline

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