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Surfer Sadly Passes Away After Shark Attack In Hawaii

Max Sherry

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Surfer Sadly Passes Away After Shark Attack In Hawaii

The surfing world has been rocked by the death of a 56-year-old man after he was attacked by a shark in Honolua Bay, Hawaii.

The incident, which occurred prior to the World Surf League (WSL) practises, resulted in the women's Maui Pro competition being suspended as the man was rushed to hospital.

Credit: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
Credit: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

While it's understood the victim was in a stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery, his health quickly deteriorated and he sadly passed away from his injuries shortly after.

The WSL took to social media to share the sad news.

"The WSL has learned that Tuesday's victim of the shark attack at Honolua Bay has tragically passed away," the sport's governing body tweeted.

"Our thoughts and hearts are with the victim's family and friends as well as the entire Maui surfing community."

And it wasn't long before WSL CEO Erick Logan announced that the entire event was subsequently cancelled.

"There's going to be no competition at the Maui Pro following a shark incident that happened in the bay with a recreational surfer this morning," Logan said.

"We'll have more information as it goes as we continue to work with local officials and authorities on the status. Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with this victim."

Tributes have already come flooding in from fans and pro surfers alike.

Featured Image Credit: Hawaii DLNR/Facebook

Topics: Surfing, WSL, Australia

Max Sherry
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