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Webcams are the darndest things. Our surfing is captured on camera these days with our every move being recorded, be it a poorly executed turn or poorly timed drop in. They even capture wildlife. Like this camera, pointed at the Supertubes section at Jeffreys Bay. A camera that apparently captured a great white breaching out the back. The shark – or some other sizable fish – was clearly visible, which means it wasn’t small. The video appeared on the YouTube channel SAWebcams.

“South Africa is known for its wildlife and waves,” reads the description. “On today’s livestream we saw a shark that looks to be a great white, breach out the water while professional surfers practice at Supertubes for tomorrow’s event.”

Of course we all remember the now-iconic 2015 event, where Julian Wilson and Mick Fanning were facing off in the event final when Mick had run-in with a great white – the shark he famously punched in the mouth. The footage made the rounds world-wide and certainly upped the World Surf League’s visibility. The event window opens tomorrow. And no, we don’t want to see a repeat of Mick’s heat with the shark (er.. Julian).


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