In an incident Mick Fanning would find eerily familiar, a 6-to-8 foot crocodile came uncomfortably close to a surfer during a WQS event in Costa Rica on Wednesday. The reptile popped up just five feet from California surfer Tyler Gunter during the first heat, prompting organizers to put the event on hold.
“I was sitting there, in between sets, and I saw this big thing swim by,” Gunter said. “It went under then came up five feet away and I looked at it in its eye. I was like, ‘holy crap, that’s a crocodile.’ I still wanted to win my heat but the thing popped up again. Then I went in, I didn’t care if I lost anymore.”