Watch As Pro Surfer Fends Off A Shark Attack
“I punched him in the back!”
Maybe it’s just the Jaws anniversary, but 2015 is shaping up to be the summer of the shark attack. The latest incident involves three-time world champion pro surfer Mick Fanning, who was waiting in the lineup at the J Bay Open earlier today, when a fin suddenly appeared behind him.
Luckily, Fanning managed to see the toothy beast coming and did his best to get away.
“I was just sitting there, I was just about to start moving and then I felt something grab ... get stuck in my leg rope,” Fanning said while sitting in a boat not far from where the near-miss had just happened.
“I instantly just jumped and he kept coming at my board. I was just kicking and screaming,” the lucky Aussie told an Australian affiliate of Fox Sports after making it aboard a boat. “I saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth!”
Of course, being an Australian, and a professional athlete, the scrappy Fanning wasn’t about to go down without a fight.
“I punched him in the back,” he exclaimed.
Fanning managed to escape without injury, and with a hell of a fish story.
As of this writing, the J Bay Open surf competition has been called off for the day.