Shark scare forces J-Bay off for the day

Safety teams on jet-skis came to the resuce of Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina after the 3m-long shark was spotted in the water

Safety teams on jet-skis came to the resuce of Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina after the 3m-long shark was spotted in the water

Julian Wilson of Coolum was plucked from the water at J-Bay after a shark sighting - at the same break where he paddled to Mick Fanning's aid when he was attacked by a shark two years ago. Jordy Smith, Filipe Toledo, and Julian Wilson had just a few minutes remaining in their Round 4 heat when the shark appeared and competition was halted.

Toledo, meanwhile, was also brought ashore when sharks were spotted during the Margaret River Pro in April.

"Second time this year but glad to be here", Toledo said.

A PRO SURFER from the Sunshine Coast has had a close call with a shark, nearly two years after Mick Fanning fought off an attack at the same break.

Wilson - whose mother was visibly relieved after her son's safe return to dry land - said that the shark was the "furthest thing" from his mind.

"The first thing I think about is family, my wife, people that are close to me and make sure they're OK and know that I am fine".

"For me it's just going out there and doing what I love".

Wilson expected his heat would be restarted from scratch tomorrow as neither he, Smith or Toledo had put down any really big scores.

Still to surf in the fourth round is Australia's world championship leader Matt Wilkinson, who will face off against Conner Coffin and Tahiti's Michel Bourez.

The ideal 20 in his heat brought the local crowd to life and put a smile on the big South African's face.

'I couldn't believe it and I was really fortunate to get that.

Australian's Bede Durbridge, Connor O'Leary, Joel Parkinson and Jack Freestone were eliminated in the third round.

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