Kelly Slater has seen it all in the world of surfing, or at least so he thought…
The professional American surfer has been crowned ASP World Tour Champion a record 11 times – making him the most successful in the history of the sport.
But even with that wealth of experience, Slater was left quaking in his wetsuit after coming dangerously close to what looks like a great white shark, while surfing in Australia.
By Stuart Hynd – @supers0nic_
Slater was participating in the 2014 Drug Aware Pro Challenge – with the surfer who recorded the best on-board footage receiving $10,000 – when he was seemingly ‘sharkbombed’:
Several shark experts and marine biologists are arguing that the large object in the video isn’t a shark, claiming the unknown creature could be a manta ray, a dolphin or even Slater’s own reflection in the water.
Here it is again:
Steve Robertson of the Association of Surfing Professionals, disputed the claim.
Robertson said: “There was a actually a pod of dolphins in the area at the time, and Kelly actually got off the board and has essentially taken an underwater selfie with these dolphins,”
“There’s no doubt about it, it’s not a shark, it’s not a ray or another surfer, it’s actually a dolphin in the footage.”
We aren’t so sure…