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Shark scares surfer from water during elite San Francisco competition

The world’s top surfers gathered this week for the first-ever ASP World Tour competition in San Francisco. They knew they’d have to contend with possible fog, bone-chilling wind and water temperatures. They did not figure on sharks coming into play, but only four heats into Tuesday’s opening round, Hawaii’s Dusty Payne was frightened out of the water after spotting what he described as “the biggest fin I’ve ever seen in my life coming at me.”

The surfer assured, “I’ve seen dolphins and it wasn’t a dolphin.”

Payne was competing against South Africa’s Jordy Smith, who remained in the water long enough to easily win the heat.

Lifeguards and rangers patrolled the lineup in an inflatable boat during a brief interruption and as the Rip Curl Search competition resumed. But one Bay Area shark expert questioned the wisdom of holding a surf contest in San Francisco at a time of year when dozens of white sharks are gathered at the Farallon Islands, 25 miles offshore, to fatten up on seals and sea lions.

Read the full article here The Grind TV Blog

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