Pro surfer Mick Fanning attacked by shark mid-competition

Pro Surfer Fights Off Shark During Live Competition
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
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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