Here's What Happened When An Actual Shark Attacked This Surfing Champion
Mick Fanning escaped unscathed after the incident, which happened during a competition in South Africa...
Surfer Mick Fanning is counting his lucky stars today after fighting off a shark as he competed in the J-Bay Open in South Africa on Sunday (July 19).
The horrifying incident was captured on camera, with The Guardian reporting that as the Australian waited for his first wave, a fin surfaced behind him.
Fanning soon noticed the shark, and tried to paddle away as the big fish dragged his surfboard from underneath him.
A wave then hid the 34-year old as he struggled to escape the shark, with nearby rescue boats rushing to his aid and he was helped to shore unscathed, as was fellow finalist Julian Wilson.
Speaking to World Surf League after the incident, a visibly shaken Fanning explained: “All of [a] sudden, I just had this instinct that something was behind me.
“And then all of a sudden, I felt like I started getting pulled under water. Then the [shark] came up, and I was on my board and it was like right there, and I saw the whole thing thrashing around.”
He continued: “I was getting dragged under by my leg [rope], and then I felt like it kicked me off, but it was still there, and I was still attached to my board.
I felt like it was dragging me under water, and then my leg rope broke, and I started swimming and screaming.”
Mick concluded: “'I'm happy to not even compete ever again. Seriously, to walk away from that, I'm just so stoked.”
Following Fanning's lucky escape, the event was later cancelled.