The Maui Pro surf contest is on hold after a shark attacked a surfer near Honolulu Bay in Hawaii.
According to NBC News, an unidentified 56-year-old male was attacked off the coast of Maui prompting officials to postpone the World Surf League’s Maui Pro.
There will be no competition at the Maui Pro today following a shark incident involving a recreational surfer this morning at Honolua Bay. The WSL is working with authorities and our thoughts are with the victim of this incident. The Maui Pro is on hold until further notice. pic.twitter.com/AGZSkF7wKZ
— World Surf League (@wsl) December 8, 2020
“There will be no competition at the Maui Pro today following a shark incident,” The World Surf League shared via Twitter. “The WSL is working with authorities and our thoughts are with the victim of this incident. The Maui Pro is on hold until further notice.”
Shark attack at Honolua Bay on Maui this morning has put @wsl Maui Pro surf competition on hold — recreational surfer was taken to hospital for surgery #Shark #Hawaii @KITV4 (pics: DLNR) pic.twitter.com/cifywe6H6d
— Tom George (@TheTomGeorge) December 8, 2020
Officials say the surfer, who wasn’t a participant in the contest, was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. According to TMZ, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources released pictures of the surfer’s board showing a huge Jaws-like 17-inch bite mark.
The victim is reportedly in stable condition.