Mick Fanning in action during the JBay Open, prior to the shark encounter ©Kody Mcgregor

Shark Encounter Brings Early End To JBay Open As The JBay Winterfest Draws To A Close

In Winterfest 2015 by Kev

Jeffreys Bay – The JBay Winterfest presented by Woodlands Dairy drew to an early close yesterday, as the final event in the festival, The JBay Open, was called off due to a shark encounter.

Defending champion Mick Fanning was sitting up the point when the shark, presumed to be a Great White, attacked him, knocking him off his board. The scene unfolded live on  www.worldsurfleague.com and the world watched on in shock as he fought the shark. Mick was seperated from his board, and after a brief time swimming, was picked up by the Water Safety.

Despite being severly shaken by the experience, Mick was unscathed by the incident. Julian Wilson paddled straight towards Mick when he grasped what was happening. “I was watching him and had my eyes on him,” said Wilson. “Mick was looking up the point and I saw the whole thing pop up behind him. I saw him get knocked off his board and then a wave popped up and I thought, ‘he’s gone.’

The WSL awarded both Fanning and Wilson equal second place and 8,000 points on the Jeep Leaderboard. The also will split the prizemoney, receiving $70,000 (R840,000) each.

The J-Bay Open is the showcase event at the J-Bay Winterfest, a multi-sport and music festival in Jeffreys Bay from July 8 – 19. More details at www.jbaywinterfest.com .

The JBay Winterfest is proudly presented by Woodlands Dairy.

Co-sponsors include Oakley, Kouga Municipality and RVCA

Supported by Spar Jeffreys Bay, Arbor, First Choice and the Mandyville Hotel.

The event hashtag is #jbaywinterfest

The JBay Winterfest social media channels:

Website: www.jbaywinterfest.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jbaywinterfest

Twitter: @jbaywinterfest

For JBay Winterfest information contact

Koffie Jacobs

e. koffie@silverbullet.co.za 

Event spokesperson:

Brenton Williams

e. brenton@jbaynews.com 

t. 083 549 6795

Media enquiries:

Craig Jarvis


t. 082 376 4443