Nine people EATEN and 130 attacks along a shark-ridden coastline: Deadly history of South Africa's 'J-Bay' as Mick Fanning dodges death AGAIN - so why are the world's best surfers still competing there?

Mail Online | 7/19/2017 | Josh Hanrahan For Daily Mail Australia
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It has been rated the second-best surfing destination in the world, sits along a stunning coastline and is called the 'perfect wave' by touring professionals.

But aside from its seemingly never-ending surf break, Jeffreys Bay has developed a reputation for danger - thanks to a number of high-profile shark attacks.

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The beach, on the east coast of South Africa, has played host to a World Surf League event since 1996 and made headlines in 2015 after a shark attack on Mick Fanning.

Now after more shark sightings at this week's J-Bay Open, questions have been raised about whether the beach should continue to host the world's best surfers.

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Dubbed 'the best right-hand ride in the world', surf experts say the famous ride is one to remember, with CNN listing it the second-best in the world.

A panel of surfing experts praised it for 'offering long, fast barrels off an intense point break' that can last for up to 300 metres.

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According to Shark Attack Data records, there have been nine fatal attacks along South Africa's almost 1000 kilometre long east coast since 2000. Since records began in the 1800s there has been 131.

One of those, a 2013 attack on 74-year-old surfer Burgert Van Der Westhuizen, was at J-Bay itself.

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Just seven others have been recorded at the beach since 1989 but all the victims survived.

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