Margaret River surfing competition on hold after shark attack

Surfers look back at the swell on Cowaramup Bay in Gracetown. Source File pic Getty Images

Friends used rope from his board as a tourniquet and provided first aid until emergency crews arrived within six minutes, a St John Ambulance spokesman told AAP.

A shark attack in nearby Gracetown has caused WSL officials to put the Margaret River event on hold.

A man in his 30s was attacked by a shark shortly before 8am (local time).

The man was reportedly bitten while surfing at Gracetown, where the Margaret River Pro is held. "We saw a splash", John John explains in the video, "so we put the contest on hold and made a decision to put the drone up to check out what was going on... and we found two sharks".

The Cobblestones surf spot has now been closed by Surf Life Savers, after two shark sightings were reported following the attack.

A witness to the Gracetown shark attack spoke to ABC Breakfast about the incident.

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Surf photographer Peter Jovic watched the attack from the beach and likened it to the live broadcast of a shark attack in South Africa in 2015. "There was a lot more thrashing around".

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After assessing the situation, organizers of the Margaret River Pro made a decision to resume the event with additional safety measures in place.

"The safety of our surfers and staff is a top priority".

"We're sending our thoughts and prayers to him and his family during this hard time and we're working together to do everything we can to support him and his family", Mr Majeks said. "We have mitigation protocols in place and will be enhancing those when competition resumes". Chris Boyd, 35, was killed at nearby Umbies surf break in 2013. The Argentinian-born 37-year-old was treated on the beach by paramedics before he was flown by helicopter 250 kilometers (160 miles) to a hospital in the city of Perth, Bertoldo said.