Pro surfer Mick Fanning attacked by shark mid-competition

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Pro Surfer Fights Off Shark During Live Competition

Earlier today, Mick Fanning had a close call with a giant shark. The Australian professional surfer was competing in the final round of the J-Bay Open in South Africa.

While he was sitting on his board, he noticed a fin next to him and quickly tried to kick and get away from it.

Fanning claimed that he wasn't hurt by the sharks, just stunned at the event. "I was just sitting there and I felt something just get stuck in my leg rope, and I was kicking trying to get it away" he said.

See more of the dramatic event in this raw video:

SHARK ATTACK! Pro Surfer Mick Fanning Encounters Shark in South Africa

After he spotted the fin, the surfer claimed he managed to get punch in the animal's back before it took off.

Officials are yet to announce when and if the competition will continue.

Fortunately, Fanning narrowly escaped the biggest fear for all surfers.

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In this image made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP) 
The moment Mick Fanning was attacked by sharks in South Africa on Sunday, July 19, 2015. (Photo courtesy: World Surf League)
In this screen shot taken from video made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP)
In this screen shot taken from video made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP)
In this screen shot taken from video made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning sits on board a rescue boat after being pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP) 
In this screen shot taken from video made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning clambers on board a rescue boat after being pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP) 
In this screen shot taken from video made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP)
In this screen shot taken from video made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (World Surf League via AP)
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In this Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Australian surfer Mick Fanning competes during the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal surf contest in Supertubos beach, Peniche, central coast of Portugal. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
Hawaiian surfer Mick Fanning competes in the 2015 Oi Rio Pro World Surf League competition at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Australian surfer Mick Fanning competes during the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal surf contest in Supertubos beach, Peniche, central coast of Portugal, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Fanning won the contest after defeating Jordy Smith, from South Africa, in the final. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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