Shark spotted at Petrel Cove during surfing contest

A large three-metre plus shark was spotted at Petrel Cove, Victor Harbor during the final minutes of the season ending South Coast Boardrider Club (SCBR) surf event held on  Saturday, November 4.

GETTING IN: Joe Brayford cracks a nice barrel during the South Coast Boardriders Club competition, which had an unwanted spectator, a three-metre shark. Photo: Simon Lovell.

GETTING IN: Joe Brayford cracks a nice barrel during the South Coast Boardriders Club competition, which had an unwanted spectator, a three-metre shark. Photo: Simon Lovell.

Contest director Alex Rix said the final heat was almost over when the shark was spotted.

“One of the lads spotted the shark just out, approximately 30 metres, from the competitors,” Alex said.

“All of us up the top car park freaked and blew the horn and waved the boys in. It was all a bit frantic, but everyone got in safe. It was definitely a big shark.”

The event was the last for the 2017 season and was attended by more than 30 local surfers. Taking out the event was an elated Alex Rix, from Khai Adams, Stephen Manners and Grant Stocker.

Alex was not only stoked to win, but he was relieved they all made it safely to the beach after hearing the shark warnings.

“Man that was hectic! We are lucky that the boys spotted the shark and got us out of the water. And yeah I'm stoked to win the comp,” he said.

“It's my only win for the year and it's always a goal of mine to win at least one SCBR event a year. But really today I am just happy that all my mates are safe and no one was attacked.”

The sighting comes just weeks after a 15-year-old girl came within 10 centimetres of a great white at Normanville.

The club will now focus on taking on rivals Seaford and Seaview Roader clubs at  Saturday's (November 11) annual Boardriders Battle run by Surfing SA.

"We are keen to take back the title after last year's loss to Seaford. The team is fired up to win this battle and cap off what has been another great year," local surfer Lachlan Rix said.

The competition will be held at Waitpinga Beach and Lachlan hopes the sharks will stay away.

“I hope a big crowd will come to cheer on our South Coast team, which includes Max Longhurst, Khai Adams, Alex Rix, Grant Stocker and Dimity Payne,” Lachlan said.

The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is the biggest grassroots boardriders event in Australian surfing history.

It will involve more than 100 of Australia’s best boardrider clubs in eight state qualifying rounds and will culminate in a two day National Final for 24 clubs on February 16-18, 2018, at Newcastle Beach.

One of the lads spotted the shark just out, approximately 30 metres, from the competitors.. it was frantic. It was definitely a big shark.

Alex Rix