Jeffreys Bay. Closed.
A surfer has been bumped off his sled and hit by a Great White shark at Jeffreys Bay, six years and four days after Mick Fanning was almost mauled by a White during the final of the J-Bay Pro in 2015.
The surfer, who is forty and from Cape Town, was helped from the water by other surfers around seven am.
He’s in a stable condition, wild puncture wounds to leg and body, as y’can see from the photo, and is currently in surgery.
“What you may be looking at is a very lucky lad a few hours back at JBay’s ‘Point’ having survived a mauling,” Derek Hynd, surfing’s greatest influencer and J-Bay habitué, wrote on Facebook. “I don’t have his name at this stage or details of the encounter but the poor chap apparently suffered three nips. Another timely reminder to never take any surf, good bad or indifferent at many a Southern Hemisphere location for granted… deepest hopes for a full recover and many a memorable wave soon enough.”
Witnesses said the shark bumped the surfer then came back for the hit.
NSRI are appealing to surfers, bathers and paddlers to be cautious around the Jeffreys Bay coastline after a 38 year old Cape Town man was bitten by a shark while surfing at The Point, Jeffreys Bay.https://t.co/0FIMy3ue5f
— Sea Rescue South Africa (@NSRI) July 14, 2021
Ironically, July 14 is shark awareness day.
“Right. I am officially aware today,” wrote Hynd.