Stab Magazine | "Shark In The Lineup!" Say World Tour Surfers

“Shark In The Lineup!” Say World Tour Surfers

Turns out, no, it was just a clump of seaweed. 

news // Apr 22, 2019
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Today, at 12:35 pm in Torquay, Victoria, Championship Tour surfers Jack Freestone, Owen Wright, and local wildcard Harry Mann scrambled onto the water patrol sleds. 

Conventional logic told us that someone had seen a shark. 

For the next five minutes, the webcast showed skis surveying the area while the commentators tried to figure out what was happening. 

Finally Peter Mel wrangled Kieren Perrow, contest director, who explained what was going on. 

“A few people, including some of the surfers in the heat, saw a large, dark shadow going through a wave,” Perrow said. “After searching the zone, the jet skis found a large pile of seaweed that they believe was the actual culprit. They’ve assessed the situation and are confident that we’re safe to continue.”

Jack, Owen, and Harry returned to the water and finished their heat. Owen won, Jack got second, and Harry was sent home with the easiest 10-gees he’s ever made. Nobody was eaten.

In his post-heat interview, Owen explained that Jack had seen a shadow and informed the other surfers and skis. Owen then also saw the shadow, at which point he darted straight to the safety team. “It wasn’t worth waiting around to find out,” Owen laughed. 

What’s your M.O. when there’s a dark figure underneath?


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 3 

Nike has entered the chat.

Oct 5, 2022

Unlocked: Leonardo Fioravanti’s Stab Edit Of The Year Entry 

Watch 'The Cut' now, and baffle at the quality of both the waves and the…

Oct 4, 2022

The Pro Surfer Who Filmed A War Documentary In Ukraine

Damien Castera's got a story to tell.

Oct 4, 2022

Honest Review(s): O’Neill Hyperfreak Fire

Pushing the Limits of Wetsuit Tech for Men & Women

Oct 3, 2022

How Much Would You Pay For A Session Like This?

A cost-per-vision breakdown of Kian Martin and Tai Buddha's latest strike mission.

Oct 2, 2022

Ongoing Dialogue: Jack Freestone And Album’s Matt Parker On How They Get Sparks To Fly

"Nowadays, a standard thruster feels pretty alt to me." -Jack

Oct 2, 2022

Davo’s Death Strikes At Surfing’s Core

The underground icon battled demons til the end. His untimely demise is yet another cautionary…

Oct 1, 2022

Macaroni in the Pot

Jaleesa Vincent and 200 Lefts in the Mentawais

Oct 1, 2022

Introducing A Brand New Travel Series (With A Familiar Name)

Watch the first New York episode of Stab & Red Bull's No Contest Off Tour.

Sep 30, 2022

Leandro Dora: Pro Surfer, Businessman, Punk Rock Festival Organizer, Spiritual Mentor, And World Title Winning Surf Coach 

Meet one of the most beloved and effective individuals in the athlete's zone.

Sep 29, 2022


You’re Gonna Click On A New Oscar Langburne Video

Style that can't be denied.

Sep 29, 2022

Long Read: An Angel At My Table

From Stab Issue 15, October 2006: Chris Davidson has one more shot at the big…

Sep 28, 2022


Watch: Kalani David’s Last Dance

A final surf part from the Hawaiian surf/skate prodigy.

Sep 28, 2022

Taylor Steele Won’t Let Surf Filmmaking Die Without a Fight

Movies shown, filmmaking advice, punk rock at the 2022 Solento Surf Festival.

Sep 28, 2022

Wait, Are We Going To See Moana Jones In The Olympics At Teahupo’o?

Team USA (women) and Japan (men) should be able to choose anyone they want to…

Sep 27, 2022

Donald Brink and Matt Biolos Win Mick Fanning’s Electric Acid Surfboard Test

And we had a party in Oceanside to celebrate.

Sep 26, 2022

Kanoa Igarashi and Kirra Pinkerton Answer Call Of Duty, Win Medals Of Honor In 2022 ISA World Games

Teams Japan, USA, and France move into Victor’s Village.

Sep 26, 2022

The Best Euro Surf Trips That Mightn’t Be On Your Radar

Want to know which less-trodden nation offers the most potential?

Sep 26, 2022