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dateline: 21 July 2015

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Surfing Competition Ends After Shark Attack

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • finale: the last part of an event
  • surf: to ride waves on a surf board
  • strike: to hit hard
  • shore: the edge where the water meets the land
  • finalist: a competitor who is close to winning a competition
  • tie: a shared win; a draw
  • stoked: very excited

Surfing Competition Ends After Shark Attack

During the finale of the J-Bay surfing in South Africa, a professional surfer was attacked by a shark on live TV. Mick Fanning, a three-time world surfing from Australia, was waiting for a wave when a shark fin came up behind him. The shark grabbed the rope on Fanning’s board, and a pulled the surfer under the water. Fanning punched the shark in the back and began swimming towards the shore. His competitor Julian Wilson, who was also in the water, swam towards Fanning hoping to help. The surfers were quickly pulled to safety by emergency workers who arrived on . Terrified television , including Fanning’s mother, were relieved to see the surfers reach the shore unharmed. Organizers ended the competition and awarded the finalists a tie.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Mick Fanning?
  2. Where did the competition take place?
  3. Why might some people consider Julian Wilson a hero?

Discussion Questions: Shortly after this close call, Mick Fanning told reporters that he was “stoked” to have walked away unharmed and would be happy to never compete again. Do you think this surfer will change his mind and continue competing?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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