Every surfer knows how to ride a wave, but not everyone can tackle a sea beast like Mike Fanning.
During the finals of the World Surf League in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, the Australian professional surfer, was attacked by a shark from behind. (Read: Man attacked on North Carolina Beach, taken to hospital)
While waiting for his wave, Fanning was approached by a white shark and he shielded himself with his surfboard. According to an interview, he punched the shark from the back and it prompted the beast to swim away.
“I was just sitting there, I was just about to start moving, and then I felt something grab, just get stuck in my leg rope,” the three-time world champion said.
“I instantly just jumped away, and then it just kept coming at my board. I was kicking and screaming. I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth to come at me. I punched it in the back.”
He, together with co-finalist, Julian Wilson, were removed from the water by a rescue boat.
He lost nothing but his surfing leash.
The competition was canceled until further notice.
Mick Fanning is no stranger to Jeffreys Bay, having won three contests there which include the J Bay Open in 2014, Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay in 2006 and 2002.
Watch more of Mick Fanning’s surfing skills in this video here.