Surfer Mick Fanning fends off shark during South Africa competition

20 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A surfing champion punched a shark attacking him and came away unscathed.

Australia’s triple surf champion Mick Fanning walked away shaken but uninjured after having a close-encounter with a shark mid-competition in South Africa. Australian surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open in Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape Province but escaped without injuries.

Fortunately, he was unharmed and the attack was captured on video: After a brief tussle, the camera pans back as we see safety boats making a beeline to Fanning. The whole episode being caught live on camera for Sunday’s final of the World Surf League’s J-Bay Open. “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,” Fanning, told Fox Sports channel . “I punched him in the back”. . The surfer scrambled to avoid the sudden attack but managed to leave the incident unharmed with the assistance of jetskis and rescue boats to carry him back to shore. “And then all of the sudden, I felt like I started getting pulled under water.

If you attack Mick, remember it’s a fight to the fin-ish https://t.co/V3AuDAD8Nu

— Red Bull (redbull) July 19, 2015 Baseball players have to deal with 100 mph fastballs at their heads and football players have to deal with being de-cleated by a 250 lb linebacker, but neither of those come close to the fear that passes through your body when you see a shark headed your way. Maybe the only thing in sports comparable is a stock car going 200+ mph approaching an unavoidable crash but at least drivers wear helmets and protective suits.

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