Normal shark rules in place for women's surfing contest
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) Normal shark rules will be in place for the largest women's surfing contest in the world, the World Surf League 6-Star Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier this weekend.
Organizers say they're not worried about an attack, but there is heightened awareness after Mick Fanning of Australia fought off a shark attack during a televised contest in South Africa.
Brian Robbins, tour manager for WSL North America, said there are rules for stopping and restarting a contest if there is a shark sighting. Ultimately, he said, the tour defers to lifeguards on when it would be safe to resume a contest if there is a sighting.
The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro is the lone women's WSL qualifying event scheduled in the United States in 2015.