The Margaret River Pro surf event involving Kiwi Paige Hareb has resumed despite a nearby shark attack.
Event organisers put the competition on hold but have not said whether the victim was taking part in the competition.
"After discussing with local authorities, the water safety team and surfers, the WSL commissioner's office has made a decision to resume competition for the Margaret River Pro at Main Break at 10.40am, following a one-hour hold prompted by reports of a shark incident at Gracetown - approximately 15km away from the event site", a spokeswoman said.
"The #MargiesPro is on hold while we work with local authorities. We have mitigation protocols in place and will be enhancing those when competition resumes".More news: Leave Facebook to founder Zuckerberg
The second attack, which happened about 3pm, occurred just kilometres away from an earlier incident this morning. The safety of our surfers & staff is a top priority.
Hareb and Australia's two-time world champion Tyler Wright were the first surfers to hit the water for their round two heat after the shark scare.
Surf photographer Peter Jovic told the ABC he had witnessed the attack. "After that it was hard to see what was going on".
He said the man was bitten and paddled back to shore.
The shark attack victim was flown to hospital after being given first aid by friends who stemmed the blood flow using a leg rope.More news: Arab League Summit Slams Iran, Chemical Weapons Use In Syria
St John Ambulance spokesman Dennis Bertoldo said the man, in his 30s, was surfing at Gracetown today when he was attacked.
It has been reported by local media that he was "conscious and breathing" during the rescue.
The Department of Fisheries sent officers to investigate the incident.More news: Japan, China pledge to work on economic ties amid heightened trade tensions