Surfing legend Mick Fanning fought off a shark attack in the middle of a competition in South Africa.
The Australian surfer was waiting for his first wave of the J-Bay Open when the shark struck. Fanning noticed a fin surface behind him and tried to paddle away but was soon dragged off his board.
He had a lucky escape and was completely unharmed. Nearby rescue boats were soon on hand and he was helped to shore alongside fellow finalist, Julian Wilson.
Fanning was shaken after the incident. “All of a sudden, I just had this instinct that something was behind me,” he said. “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.
“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.”
The video below shows the whole event taking place.