Three-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning of Australia fought off a shark attack with his fists during a competition Sunday In South Africa.
The J-Bay Open, part of the World Surf League championship tour, was called off after event officials rescued Fanning, 34, on jet skis.
"I had this instinct that something was behind me," Fanning said of the World Surf League broadcast. "Then, the thing came up. I saw the whole thing just thrashing around. I was getting dragged under by my leg rope. I felt like I punched it a couple of times."
Shark attack at #JBayOpen. Thankfully, @mfanno is unharmed. "We are incredibly grateful that no one was seriously injured today. Mick's composure and quick acting in the face of a terrifying situation was nothing short of heroic and the rapid response of our Water Safety personnel was commendable - they are truly world class at what they do. The safety of our athletes is a priority for the WSL and, after discussions with both Finalists, we have decided to cancel the remainder of the competition. We appreciate the ongoing support we have in South Africa and once again want to express our gratitude to the Water Safety Team." - Paul Speaker (CEO, World Surf League)
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